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Roofer who was burned by tar in University City accident dies

Roofer who was burned by tar in University City accident dies


A funeral with military honors was held Monday morning for Daniel Madden, a longtime roofer who was critically burned Aug. 6 by falling into a vat of hot tar.

Madden, 66, of Overland, died Wednesday (Sept. 14, 2016) in the burn unit at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur, where he had been in an induced coma since the accident. He suffered third-degree burns from his waist up.

"He never came out of coma," said Pat King, his wife.

Riders with the Patriot Guard escorted the funeral procession from Ortmann Funeral Home in Overland to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Madden was an Army veteran who served in the Rangers in South Vietnam's Central Highlands in 1968-69. He also was a motorcycle enthusiast.

He was burned after he slipped from the edge of a one-story roof on Olive Street in University City that he been mopping with tar. He fell into a four-wheel tar kettle that can hold 450 gallons of tar, which is kept at nearly 600 degrees.

His son, Aaron Madden of Breckenridge Hills, and a co-worker pulled him from the tar and doused him with water. An ambulance rushed him to Mercy Hospital.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a daughter, Danielle Swofford of Troy, Mo., and four grandchildren.

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Tim O'Neil is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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