Co-worker remembers EMTs killed in crash
For Wishard Paramedic Stacy Warfield, the past few days have been tough.
"There's just so much sadness but then you see everyone supporting one another everybody hugging one another," said Warfield.
The loss of 24-year-old EMT Tim McCormick and 22-year-old paramedic Cody Medley is personal for her. She helped the pair become acclimated to the life of a first responder.
"I had them both in orientation when I was a manager for the ambulance service and they were pretty gung ho about getting out and saving lives," said Warfield.
She remembers the two as both fun loving yet hard working, willing to take on the challenges of a demanding job.
"It's a busy service so you see a lot of different things and they were willing to get out there and do whatever. They would jump on any run," she said.
The 20-year veteran knows the dangers of the job. She had to be cut out of an ambulance when it was hit by a car in downtown Indianapolis 14 years ago.
"From what we would think may be a minimal run to a cardiac arrest run, they're all important and we are putting our lives on the line for that," she said.
Even in the face of tragedy, this job does not stop. First responders go on by drawing strength from one another.
"Some people were asked if they needed to go home yesterday and we were all no we want to stay, we want to work. And we want to be here for each other," said Warfield.
And with heavy hearts, they get back to putting their lives on the line, while never forgetting what has been lost.
"You do it for them because that's what they loved doing that's what you love doing there's that team, that love of just that job," she said.