Firefighters from across Wisconsin staffed Madison fire stations and ambulances Sunday, so the city's firefighters could attend a memorial service for Todd Mahoney, the firefighter who died after competing in the half-Ironman triathlon last weekend.
The 38-year-old Mahoney was found unresponsive in Lake Monona Sunday during the swimming portion of the 70.3-mile triathlon. He died Tuesday, and was the second man who passed away after competing in the triathlon.
Firefighters from 19 departments covered for Madison firefighters, so they could attend the memorial service at Door Creek Church. The family requested a private service.
“Certainly, we hope that it's quiet several hours that we're here, but we're certainly prepared if something does happen. The City of Madison is well protected, I can tell you that,” said Chief Pete O’Leary of the Fond du Lac Fire Department.
It’s a bond all firefighters understand, lending a hand to their fellow comrades when times are tough.