Push to memorialize Chiefs hero Joe Delaney gets wide support

Marvin Dearman, the police officer who tried to save Joe Delaney's life back in 1983, is now hoping to remember Delaney with a monument 29 years later.

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April 15, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Kansas City Chiefs running back Joe Delaney in a 1981 file photo. Delaney died trying to save children from drowning in Louisiana. He and one of the children died during the rescue attempt. Photo by Dan Peak/Kansas City Star/TNS

Before the world as we knew it came unmoored amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we wrote in late February about a poignant vision to honor heroic Chief Joe Delaney with a monument where the man who couldn’t swim died trying to save three children from drowning.

Thirty-seven years after No. 37’s death and on the morning after the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory, Marvin Dearman, the police diver who tried to save him, woke up with what he called a revelation:

It was time to properly memorialize Delaney at Chennault Park in Monroe, Louisiana, with an aim toward a dedication ceremony on June 29, the anniversary of his death.

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