Madison: Memorial service honors firefighter, dad this Father's Day following Ironman deaths

  • Source: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison
  • Published: 06/17/2019 06:03 AM

As many honor their dads Sunday, one father’s recognition went above and beyond. Friends, family members and colleagues celebrated and remembered the life of firefighter Todd Mahoney, one of two men who died earlier this week after being rescued from the swimming portion of the Half Ironman Triathlon. Michael McCulloch, 61, of Cottage Grove, drowned Sunday in Lake Monona during the competition. Officials said the initial autopsy results determined the drowning occurred while McCulloch was having a "medical event." The Dane County Sheriff's Office and medical examiner's office are still investigating Mahoney's death. Officials said it’s no coincidence Sunday’s services were held on Father’s Day and that the family wants to demonstrate Mahoney’s love and dedication he had for his three children. That dedication was reflected by all who attended his celebration of life as they paid tribute to a man they won’t forget.


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