Medic remembers, speaks about crash
Saturday marks one week after an ambulance accident killed two Indianapolis EMS workers.
EMT Tim McCormick and Paramedic Cody Medley died in Saturday's accident while on the job.
"My partner Scott and I saw them ten minutes before the accident. That's when it hit home," said Paramedic Tony Ruggles.
Like many in the EMS community, Ruggles struggles with his emotions, especially when he thinks back on Saturday's accident scene.
Ruggles hasn't been back on the job since he was called to respond to that accident.
"I have dealt with paramedics who died with illness or from an accident, but not in the line of duty. This just hits harder and deeper," he said.
Ruggles was very close to 22-year-old Paramedic Cody Medley and 24-year old EMT Tim McCormick. The men worked "D" shift overnight, downtown.
"If they saw us after we had a bad run, they'd help us. And we would do the same, clean up the trucks to get everything back to service. They would do that for us," Ruggles said.
Ruggles was one of the first crews to respond to the accident at Senate and St. Clair.
While he isn't ready to talk about it in detail, the paramedic can surely point out just how important these two young men were to the EMS community.
"If I got hurt, I would want them working on me," Ruggles said.
Eyewitness News had learned that Indianapolis Metro Police have finished their investigation and handed it over to the Marion County Prosecutor.
The Marion County Prosecutor has asked a lab to fast-track toxicology tests on 21-year-old Jade Hammer. Hammer ran the flashing red light that hit the ambulance, and she told police she had been drinking earlier.
Test results will help prosecutors decide whether to charge her, but that information isn't as important to those who knew these men best.
"They gave service to our city and our county. We knew them and we loved them," said Ruggles.
Eyewitness News has learned that there is a health fair being planned through Indianapolis EMS for later this year to honor both Tim McCormick and Cody Medley. Both men were involved in community events and health fairs, and the goal is to organize a yearly fair, named after the men who were killed.