Some local media outlets are reporting the death of former Pasadena firefighter Walter Patrick Ireland, saying he was the lone volunteer in an attempt to rescue Kathy Fiscus, a 3-year-old who fell down an abandoned well in San Marino in 1949.
The Daily Mirror extends its deepest sympathies to the Ireland family on what must surely be a painful loss. But alas, the historic record reflects an entirely different account than what is being reported. Above, a Times photograph of Bill Yancey carrying Kathy’s body as he is lifted to the surface.
Yancey died April 29, 1958, in the collapse of an unreinforced trench. He was 47.