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Second Ironman athlete, a Madison firefighter, has died

MADISON (WKOW) — The Madison Fire Department has confirmed that the second patient from Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin swimming event, Madison Fire Department Apparatus Engineer Todd Mahoney, has died.

Mahoney was rescued from the water at 8:52 a.m. Sunday, and lifesaving attempts continued as he was
transported to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, where he remained in critical condition.

The other patient was pronounced dead at the hospital and was later identified by the Dane County
Medical Examiner’s Office as Michael McCulloch of Cottage Grove.

Mahoney fought for his life over the next 48 hours. He passed away Tuesday at the hospital.

Mahoney was a nine-year veteran of the Madison Fire Department, most recently serving as an apparatus engineer at Fire Station 1 in downtown Madison and occasional chief’s aide for Command Car 31.

He previously served at Fire Station 9 on Midvale Boulevard, and he was a paramedic at Fire Station 8 on Lien Road. He began his career as a firefighter in 2010.

He is survived by his wife and three young sons.

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause of Mahoney’s death.

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