Funeral service held Tuesday for EMT killed in weekend crash

Tim McCormick
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Family, friends and colleagues gathered to remember one of two young paramedics killed in a crash while on duty Saturday morning.

A private Mass was held for EMT Tim McCormick at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral on North Meridian Street Tuesday morning. Indianapolis Metro Police blocked off Meridian Street Tuesday morning to allow room for mourners.

"It was an honor to say goodbye properly," said Paramedic Val Powers.

McCormick, 24, and 22-year-old Cody Medley were on duty, but not on a run, when the crash occurred around 4 a.m. Saturday in downtown Indianapolis.

According to police, Jade Hammer, 21, ran a red light and her Honda passenger vehicle collided with the ambulance, sending it onto its side and into some parked cars. Police say Hammer was driving westbound on St. Clair Street, which has a flashing red light, while the ambulance, which was southbound on Senate Avenue, had a flashing yellow light.

Both men suffered critical injuries. McCormick died a few hours later and Medley died the next day.

Police are awaiting toxicology results on the driver of the car. The lead detective in this case is expected to meet with the Marion County prosecutor Tuesday to discuss any possible charges.

Powers and Shepherd read Scripture at the service.

"It was profoundly emotional. We are not saying goodbye to him. He's with us, he is going to be with us always," Firefighter Sue Shepherd said of McCormick. "He has inspired us to do better."

McCormick's closest colleagues spoke about his service to central Indiana during Tuesday's Mass. Those who respected his chosen profession stood outside in the cold to honor McCormick.

McCormick committed his life to public service at a young age, growing up as an Eagle Scout in New York before coming to serve in Indiana. His parents and siblings, along with partner Alex Brinley, watched as the community honored a man many loved.

"He was an amazing person and we all love him," Powers said.

"I think that show of support and love will carry us through this," said Shepherd.

There will be a public memorial to remember McCormick and Medley Wednesday morning at 10:00 at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. A private service for Medley will be held on Friday.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard postponed his State of the City address, scheduled for Sunday, so he could attend McCormick's memorial service. The mayor will deliver the State of the City address on Friday, March 8, 1:00 p.m. at the Alexander Hotel at CityWay.

There is a petition online to name a portion of the streets where they were killed after the two EMT's. That petition will go the City-County Council.

Memorial service details:

Updated information on the memorial services planned for Indianapolis EMS Private Timothy C. McCormick and Specialist Cody S. Medley are as follows:

Private Tim McCormick and Specialist Cody Medley
Wednesday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

Public Safety Memorial
Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, 4602 Sunset Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46208

Specialist Cody Medley
Private Memorial service to be held Friday

IEMS will be rotating all of its on-duty crews through Monday and Tuesday's events. IEMS is working to take all on-duty personnel out of service on Wednesday for the Public Safety Memorial, employing multiple mutual aid agreements to provide the appropriate back fill.