MIDLAND- Baby Jessica McClure is now Jessica
Morales and she's all grown up but for the
rescuers who worked night and day to save her
life, it's hard to believe it's been twenty
years. Saturday, marks the 20th anniversary of
her plunge into an eight inch pipe, in a Midland
backyard and her rise to world wide
Bill Bentley worked as a technician for
Dimension Cable, they sent him out to the site
of the rescue when police asked for their help.
On Thursday, we took him to where it all
"It's all looks a lot different now. This is
the first time, in a few days that will make
twenty years, I've been back here," said
Bentley, "We spent three days and three nights
in this alley, so I have a lot of memories."
Bentley describes the scene back then as a
maze of rescuers and machines, all in place to
rescue baby Jessica McClure.
"They started tunneling, both across, and at
an upward angle, with the idea of coming up
underneath her," he said, "it worked, but it
took a long time. You looked through the
fence to see faces everybody was worried and
concerned wanting to help."
When rescuers pulled the 18 month old,
Bentley says people around town started honking
and said it was pure joy.
"I saw a lot of grown men with tears in their
eyes, I'll never forget that part," he