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Kathy Fiscus update

April 30, 2008 | 11:29 am

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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.

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