Timothy J Madison
June 8, 2006
Killed after being struck by a 50cal at Fort Carson - Read Article Below.
Leader Nebraska 06/12/06:
Madison loved family, outdoors
Midlands News Service
The soldier who was shot and killed last week in a training exercise in Fort Carson, Colo., loved cars, the outdoors and, most of all, his children, family members said Saturday.
East graduate Pvt. Tim J. Madison, 28, was struck Thursday by a bullet from a .50-caliber machine gun and died a short time later at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, said Lt. Col. David Johnson, a Fort Carson spokesman.
The circumstances surrounding the death of Madison, a 1997 Bellevue East graduate and father of three, are unclear.
Madison, assigned to the Army's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, was not involved in a live-fire operation or at a shooting range when the machine gun went off, Johnson said.
He said he could not confirm a report in Denver's Rocky Mountain News that the gun discharged as soldiers were unloading it from a Humvee.
"I don't know the why, and I don't know the how yet," Johnson said.
The Army and Fort Carson's criminal investigation division are investigating the incident.
Eight other soldiers were injured when the machine gun went off. One was struck by the bullet and hospitalized with injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening. Another soldier was grazed by the bullet. Six soldiers suffered temporary hearing loss.
Initially, the Defense Department reported that Madison was from Glenwood, Iowa. His wife was living there with her parents and children when Madison entered the service. The family lived at Fort Carson since Madison began serving there in April.
Madison grew up in Bellevue and joined the Army in October.
"He chose to help defend his country," said his mother, Nancy Madison, who lives in Bellevue with her husband, Ken Madison Sr., a retired Air Force master sergeant.
They have four children in Bellevue: Ken Madison Jr., 34; Tony Madison, 31; Rick Madison, 30; and Christina Coy, 22.
When Nancy Madison learned that her son had died, she summoned her children to her house Thursday to tell them.
"We're all in a state of disbelief," she said. "A lot of crying. How could this happen?"
Coy recalled hunting and fishing expeditions with her brother in the woods near their childhood home.
"He was never against hanging out with his little sister," she said Saturday. "He was full of life."
After graduating from high school, Tim Madison worked a variety of jobs in Bellevue, including one at O'Reilly Auto Parts.
He loved taking apart cars and fixing them, his mother said. "There was always a piece of junk sitting in my driveway."
He married in 2001. Madison and his wife, Melissa, had three children: Hailee, 3; Jonathan, 2; and Michael, four months.
He was a good father, Coy said, taking his children fishing and hiking.
"He was such an outdoorsman," said Nancy Madison.
When he phoned his family from Colorado, he would say he was calling from a mountaintop, watching the sunset.
Tim Madison was last home in Bellevue over the Memorial Day weekend, for his sister's wedding. He brought a bag of freshly caught rainbow trout, which is still in his parents' freezer.
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