A photo snapped of Amy Martich just before she entered the waters of the
during the Nautica
Triathlon captures what her father calls “her confident look” and easy smile that won her friends throughout life.
“She met people easily,” Fred McCullough said. “If you ever needed a friend or help. She’d be the first person in line to help.”
Martich, 40, of Elmhurst, was pulled unconscious from the river shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday. She swam about half of the nearly mile-long course when another swimmer noticed she was unresponsive in the water, according to race director Bill Burke.
Emergency personnel pulled her from the river and administered
before she was transported to St. Luke’s-
Hospital where she died early Monday.
An autopsy was performed today but the results were “inconclusive, pending further study,” said Grace Burgess, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office.
Martich was part of a three-person relay team that included two fellow employees from
, where Martich worked as a director and vice president.
Martich’s father said his daughter was very athletic and had been a swimmer at Crystal Lake High South School, where she graduated in 1988, and on a YMCA team.
“She was a very strong swimmer. She was a very strong person. That’s why this comes as such a shock,” McCullough said.
He said his daughter took part in the triathlon because Janus was involved in it. “It was a fitness thing for her, but it also was because her company was a sponsor of the event,” he said.
After high school, Martich studied business at
, where she met her husband Steve before graduating in 1992. The couple had three children ages 10, 8 and 5. She earned an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in 1997, the same year she and Steve married.
“That was a big year for her,” said McCullough.
McCullough said his daughter was interested in business “maybe because I was an executive with Kemper Insurance. Maybe that rubbed off on her.”
He described her as confident, open and outgoing, traits that won her many friends.
“She was just a gregarious person,” he said. “She has tons of friends – from the business world, from high school, from her church and her community in Elmhurst.”
McCullough said funeral arrangements have not been finalized. He said a trust will be set up for the Martich children. Steve has been a stay-at-home dad and “is a terrific guy and great with the kids,” he said.