A second man pulled from the waters of Lake Monona when competing in the June 9 Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin died two days later.
Todd Mahoney, 38, of Reedsburg and a member of the Madison Fire Department, died June 11. A forensic autopsy was completed June 12 at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office. Additional testing is underway.
On June 9, the Madison Fire Department treated and transported two athletes who were rescued from Lake Monona during separate emergencies. The first 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 was rescued from the water about an hour after McCullough. He was taken to
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, where he remained in critical condition.
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.
Preliminary results of a forensic autopsy performed on McCullough confirm his death was consistent with an accidental drowning due in part to a medical event.