From The Boston Globe 19 January 1918 --
LOSES LIFE SAVING DROWNING CHILD
George O. Gallerani Victim of Spy Pond Accident
Francis Ahern, Arlington, Suffering From Icy Immersion
ARLINGTON, Jan. 18--George O. Gallerani, age 32, of 386 Massachusetts av. gave his life this afternoon to rescue Francis Ahern, the 2 1/2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy C. Ahern of Wyman terrace. On account of the Garfield edict [shutting down plants to save fuel for the war effort] Mr. Gallerani was out of work today and went to Spy Pond to skate. Mr. Ahern took his little son to the pond to see the skaters and walked to the platform in front of the Arlington Boat Club house. At this point there is a space of some 25 feet square kept open for the wild ducks that spend the Winter there.
The baby ambled away from its father and fell into the open water. The shouts of those near attracted Gallerani, skating by. He dove into the icy water with clothes and skates on, caught the child and lifted it onto the ice. In trying to get out himself the ice broke and allowed him to slide back into the water again. He disappeared almost immediately and did not reappear. A long pole with a hook on the end was secured from men harvesting ice on the pond and with this the body of Gallerani was brought to the surface. Drs. Bruce I. Lawley and Ezekiel Pratt, summoned, worked in vain with a pulmotor. The body was taken to the undertaking rooms of Hartwell & Son.
The baby, as the result of its experience, is in dangerous condition at the home of its parents.
Gallerani was a powerfully built young man and had exhibited in many strong man acts. He was an expert swimmer. It is believed he was seized by cramps. He was born in Boston and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Gallerani. Besides his parents he leaves two brothers, Joseph and James Gallerani. The funeral will take place Monday.
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