The Morning Fix: Joe Delaney Edition

We talked a little bit about Chiefs great Joe Delaney a couple of weeks ago when we were discussing Leonard Pope’s heroic actions to save a boy from drowning at a pool party. Thankfully, Pope was able to save the child without anyone getting hurt.

Unfortunately, that was not the case when Joe Delaney drove into a pond to try to save three children from drowning 28 years ago today.

We post about Joe every year on this day and we do it to honor him and the sacrifice he made in a heroic attempt to help others. As such, we will have only one article in today’s Morning Fix. It is a piece written by Sports Illustrated back in 1983. It is a yearly must read. Read it for Joe.

There was a huge hole there, carved out of the earth some time ago. The hole had filled with water, and three boys waded in. They didn’t know it, but a short way out the bottom dropped off precipitously, and suddenly the boys were in over their heads and thrashing and screaming. There were all sorts of people around, but only Joe dashed to the pond. There was a little boy there. “Can you swim?” he asked Joe.

“I can’t swim good,” Joe said, “but I’ve got to save those kids. If I don’t come up, get somebody.” And he rushed into the water.

One boy fought his way back to the shallow part. The other two didn’t. Neither did Joe Delaney, 24. He was hauled out a few minutes later, dead. He gave his own life trying to save three others.

God rest his soul.

Shortly thereafter, back in Haughton, JoAnn Delaney woke up from a nap. She’d had a terrible pain come over her, so she had lain down; but now, miraculously, she felt whole again. Later she found out the pain had come as Joe had approached Chenault Park in his baby blue Cougar and had departed when he’d died.

JoAnn was Joe’s twin.



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