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Mayor reacts to tragic deaths of Ironman competitors

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway today reacted to the news that a Madison firefighter was the second athlete to die while competing in last Sunday’s Ironman 70.3.

Firefighter Todd Mahoney died Tuesday after being pulled from the water Sunday morning.

Michael McCulloch of Cottage Grove died Sunday after succumbing to a medical problem, according to the medical examiner.

Rhodes-Conway said her thoughts are with the families of the athletes.

“It is a tragic coincidence that two men died competing in the same event. Michael McCulloch
was a resident of Cottage Grove and is survived by his wife and daughter. And Todd Mahoney
was a member of the Madison Fire Department. He served this City as a paramedic and most
recently as an apparatus engineer at Fire Station 1,” Rhodes-Conway said in a statement.

“I join his firefighting family in mourning his loss and express my deepest sympathy to his wife and three children.
I know that the investigation into these incidents will continue, and we look forward to assuring that all proper safety precautions are in place for this event and others throughout the summer and year,” she said.

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