Indianapolis showing huge support for medics killed in ambulance crash
Tributes begin Monday for two Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services workers killed in a weekend ambulance crash.
Tim McCormick and Cody Medley are the first EMS workers in the city to die in the line of duty.
McCormick spent most of his time as an EMT in Marion County at Station 24 off 38th Street. He spent nearly two years at the station saving lives as an EMT with partner Val Powers.
McCormick's boyfriend Alex Brinley often visited him at the station. Brinley says McCormick just finished up his degree from IUPUI and was ready to start classes to become a paramedic. The two had been dating for a year and lived together.
"In an instant, he would put aside any issues or problems he was having if someone else needed help. And he would do it with a smile," said Brinley, speaking of McCormick.
It's the EMS family that Brinley has turned to to get through this difficult time.
"We had some horrific, terrible runs together and he always stayed strong on the run and kept me motivated to not break down," said Val Powers, McCormick's partner. "I got to know him, and this really hurts bad. But at least I got to be there."
Brinley, along with some of Tim McCormick's coworkers from Indianapolis, spent a few hours Saturday night in the morgue with Tim, trying to say goodbye. Brinley says the outpouring of love and support is a reflection of Tim's caring outlook on life.
"I couldn't count the number of cards and letters that I got when I was at the hospital this weekend from his co-workers and friends. I don't know what to do with it all. It's a testament to him. That many people cared about him," said Brinley.
Tim McCormick transferred stations last fall. It was Medic 50 that he and Cody Medley were driving on Saturday morning when their ambulance was struck by a car that ran a red light.
McCormick transferred to Medic 50 in the fall, but Val Powers got to see her partner one final time Thursday morning when he volunteered to take an extra shift.
"The last thing I remember is he was smiling when I walked away," said Powers.
Tim McCormick's memorial service is planned for Tuesday in Indianapolis, but he will be laid to rest in New York state where his family is from.
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.
Information on the memorial services planned for Indianapolis EMS Private Timothy C. McCormick and Specialist Cody S. Medley are as follows:
Private Tim McCormick
Monday, February, 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. Public Visitation
Crown Hill Cemetery, 700 W 38th St Indianapolis, IN 46208
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Catholic Mass Service
SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral, 1347 North Meridian St., 46202
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
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Specialist Cody Medley
A private memorial service will 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 afternoon memorial, employing multiple mutual aid agreements to provide the appropriate back fill.