From The Lexington Minuteman, 26 January 1918 --
ARLINGTON LOCAL NEWS
A sad drowning accident occurred Friday noon, Jan. 18th, when George Gallerani, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincenzo Gallerani of 386 Mass. Ave., Arlington gave his life rescuing from Spy Pond, Francis Ahern, the 2 Â½ year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Ahern of 50 Wyman Terrace, Arlington.
The young Ahern boy who had gone to the pond with two other children was playing on the ice near the canal cut by the ice company in front of the Boat Club, when he suddenly slipped in. Gallerani, who was skating on the pond, heard the cries for help and hurrying to the spot, jumped into the water, without stopping to remove his skates. He succeeded in pushing the Ahern boy up on the ice to safety but he himself slipped back into the water, probably overcome by the cold. Men from the ice house quickly launched a boat and with boat hooks located the body under the ice. The body was taken to the Boat Club and the police notified. Patrolmen Belyea and Nolan hastened to the pond with the pulmotor and they, with the assistance of Dr. Brace I. Lawley tried to revive Gallerani, but without success.
That was the first time that the pulmotor has been called into use. Dr. Ezekiel Pratt attended the Ahern boy who was taken home. Gallerani who was a fancy skater, had been trying out a new pair of skates which he had just purchased. He was employed as a metal spinner by the American Soda Fountain Company, Boston, which was closed in compliance with the orders of the fuel committee.
Funeral services were held Monday morning at St. Anthony's Italian Catholic church, Somerville, where a solemn high mass of requiem was celebrated by Rev. Nazarens Properzi, celebrant, Rev. L. Toma, deacon, and Rev. F. Berti, sub-deacon. The bearers were Harry Cooke, William Christie, Gino Paccetti, Anthony Bianchi, Anthony Montouri and William Lippi. The services were attended by a large number of friends from this town and Boston, and there was an abundance of beautiful floral tributes.