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

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.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 6:03:40 AM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Related: Firefighters from across state cover for Madison colleagues

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.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2019 5:49:58 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Onalaska Fire Department celebrates 125 years of serving community

The Onalaska Fire Department held a 125th anniversary celebration at American Legion Post 336 on Saturday. Guests were greeted by firefighters who demonstrated their skills rescuing people from vehicles and educated people about fire and safety. Kids could burn some energy in a water gun fight or on a rock climbing wall.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2019 4:31:31 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

After Appleton shooting, local agencies consider new approach for overdose response

First responders across the region may start searching or restraining patients before delivering life-saving medication for drug overdoses in the wake of a deadly shooting. Police and fire departments are re-examining their protocols after a man who received Narcan turned on first responders on May 15, fatally shooting an Appleton firefighter and injuring a police officer.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 2:06:28 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Update: Ironman deaths unrelated, Dane County authorities say

A spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff's department confirms to News 3 Now that the two deaths at last week's Ironman are unrelated. Two men died following an Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Madison, Wisconsin, over the weekend, the Madison Fire Department said. Todd Mahoney, 38, an apparatus engineer with the fire department, and Michael McCulloch, 61, of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, both died during the swimming portion, which is 1.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 4:37:10 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Onalaska Fire Department celebrates 125th anniversary

The Onalaska Fire Department is planning a celebration Saturday to honor its 125th anniversary. Activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Onalaska Community Days Saturday at the American Legion, Post 336, 732 Sand Lake Road in Onalaska. Members of the fire department will conduct demonstrations of vehicle extrication, provide educational materials on fire and life safety prevention, display a piece of the World Trade Center as well as various apparatus of the department’s fleet, and the popular water wars for the kids.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 1:47:21 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Onalaska Fire Department celebrates 125th

The Onalaska Fire Department is planning a celebration Saturday to honor its 125th anniversary. Activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Onalaska Community Days Saturday at the American Legion, Post 336, 732 Sand Lake Road in Onalaska. Members of the fire department will conduct demonstrations of vehicle extrication, provide educational materials on fire and life safety prevention, display a piece of the World Trade Center as well as various apparatus of the department’s fleet, and the popular water wars for the kids.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 1:47:21 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Madison Fire Department waiting for answers after firefighter, triathlete dies

Members of the Madison Fire Dept. are still looking for answers following the death of one of their own. Firefighter Todd Mahoney passed away Tuesday in the hospital following a two day battle for his life. Mahoney is the second athlete to die after being rescued during the swimming portion of the half Ironman on Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 5:03:38 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Related: Fire Department is 'really hurting' following death of firefighter, Ironman athlete

The Madison Fire Department has a hole where firefighter Todd Mahoney should be, said Fire Chief Steven Davis. "I think the whole organization is really hurting," Davis said. “He'll leave a big hole." Mahoney was competing Sunday in the swimming portion of the half-Ironman 70.3-mile triathlon race when a kayak safety team member found him unresponsive in the lake.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 11:27:55 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Firefighters battle structure fire in Barneveld

12 fire crews respond to a structure fire in the village of Barneveld in Iowa County Tuesday evening. The fire closed County Highway ID in Barneveld, authorities tell NBC15. It has since opened back for local traffic. The initial call came in at 8:49 p.m. Iowa County Sheriff's Office says that the building in the 400 block of E.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 4:58:22 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Menomonee Falls Fire Department already dealing with equipment issues now facing staffing shortages

For two days last week, Menomonee Falls had almost no equipment to fight a fire. There were no fire engines Tuesday, and by Wednesday night, only part of a ladder truck was working. But Assistant Chief James Mollet said that is not even the worst part. “The fact we are up here talking tonight because of vehicles being broken or out of service, to me, that’s the bright side,” said Mollet.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 8:14:31 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Monday night bluff rescue puts La Crosse emergency crews' training to the test

A man is recovering after falling an estimated 40 feet from Grandad Bluff on Monday night. Members of the La Crosse Fire Department were able to rescue him. Months of training and planning go into bluff rescues. The steep and uneven terrain make things difficult for emergency crews, but their experience helps save lives.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 6:00:34 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Officials: Second rescued Ironman athlete, a Madison firefighter, dies at hospital

The second man who was rescued from the water Sunday during the Ironman race in Madison has died, city fire officials said. The Madison Fire Department said in a news release Tuesday that Todd Mahoney was rescued from Lake Monona at 8:52 a.m. Sunday. Lifesaving attempts continued as he was transported to SSM Health St.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 3:00:31 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

New program helps Eau Claire emergency responders with stress management

Emergency crews and law enforcement never know what they will see on any given work day. From fires, to crashes, to water rescues; the ones who keep us safe deal with many types of tragedy. The "Peer Support Team" is a new program started in Eau Claire within the last year that focuses on the mental health of emergency personnel and law enforcement.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 10:35:31 AM - SOURCE: WLAX & WEUX-TV Fox 25 & 48

Update: Official cause of De Pere fire is "Undetermined"

De Pere Fire Chief Alan Matzke has released a statement to Local 5 News, confirming that the investigation into the fire that destroyed a historic building on De Pere's east side has concluded, with the cause of the fire being listed as "Undetermined." Investigators were able to determine that the fire began on the main floor of the building.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 8:44:47 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Fire Chief: Ashes caused Schofield house fire

Clean up continues Monday morning after a Schofield house fire Sunday afternoon. The Spring Street home was evacuated around 2 p.m., according to firefighters at the scene. The initial investigation shows ashes from a fire the night before reignited in a dumpster, before spreading to the rest of the home.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW

Milwaukee Police Department seeks help to ID suspect setting fire to wheelchair ramp

The Milwaukee Police Department asked for help identifying a man wanted for the arson of a wheelchair ramp near Mill Road and Brentwood Avenue on Monday, June 10. Officials said the crime happened around 12:30 a.m. Police described the man as follows: Unknown age, unknown race, standing 5’10” tall, weighing about 150 pounds — last seen wearing dark clothing.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:25:51 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Garage fire in Pleasant Springs causes thousands of dollars in damage

A homeowner in the town of Pleasant Springs is facing thousands of dollars in repairs after a garage fire Sunday evening. The Dane County Sheriff said just before 5:30 p.m., they responded to a fire in a garage on the 2800 block of Door Creek Road. While crews put out the fire, Door Creek Road between County Highway MN and Koshkonong Road was closed to traffic.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2019 8:14:46 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Cross Plains home deemed 'total loss' after fire

A home in the Village of Cross Plains is considered a total loss after a fire early Sunday morning. At approximately, 2:10AM several agencies responded to a structure fire at the 3100 block of Hillside Trail. The Dane County Sheriff's Office says all residents were located safely and the homeowners did not have any pets.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2019 3:47:56 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Green Bay man dead after tractor caught fire, rolled into power lines in Luxemburg

A 54-year-old Green Bay man died after the tractor he was driving caught fire Saturday morning. First responders were called around 12:55 a.m. Saturday to Tonet Road, north of County Road K, in Luxemburg for a report of a tractor on fire that had rolled into the power lines, according to the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 4:26:17 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer

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