Medics remembered one year after crash
On an overcast Sunday, friends shared bright with vivid memories.
"It's nice to see other people showing up here," said Ryan Klaykamp, a friend of fallen medic Tim McCormick.
About a dozen people showed up at the intersection of Senate and St. Clair streets Sunday to remember two young men who died while serving their community one year ago.
"It cuts people to the bone when you lose somebody that does nothing but give," said Klaykamp.
It was on February 16, 2013 when a car ran a red light, crashing into and Indianapolis EMS ambulance. Both medics, 22-year-old Cody Medley and 24-year-old McCormick died as a result of the accident.
"It's hard, but at the same sense it's totally worth it to be here - to honor somebody like him," explained Devon Rondan, who came from Illinois to be with friends and remember. He described Tim McCormick as the quintessential public servant.
"Tim was a great person in general," said Rondan. "He was a great friend. He was the kind of guy who would always be there if you needed him."
"It was very much a lifestyle for him. He wanted to help people. And he gave endlessly to whomever he was with," explained Klaykamp.
Six months after the accident, a sign was erected in memory of the men - an unprecedented event in Indianapolis history. A portion of Senate Avenue is now officially known as McCormick and Medley EMS Memorial Way.
"I just hope that people think about it. I hope people remember him for who he was and what he did as a friend or just in passing," said Rondan.
There were flowers at today's memorial, and embraces among the group who wants everyone to know, and no one to forget the two who gave it all.
"You don't meet people like that in your life at all - who can just take some of the worst situations, smile and give 110 percent their entire life," said Klaykamp. "Everything they've got, to help people, even strangers."
The 21-year-old driver who crashed into the ambulance was initially suspected of drunk driving. She was not charged, however, when a blood draw revealed she had alcohol in her system but was below the legal limit of .08.