Memorial for two medics killed in crash held in Indianapolis
Two Indianapolis EMS medics who died in a weekend ambulance crash were honored Wednesday morning in a moving memorial service at Clowes Hall on the Butler University campus.
The service for 22-year-old Cody Medley of Indianapolis and 24-year-old Tim McCormick of Greenwood was held Wednesday morning. About 1,200 people - colleagues, firefighters, police officers, family and friends - packed Clowes Hall to pay tribute to the young men.
"They are the heart of Indiana, the heart of who we are - service, love and dedication to one another. Their memories will last forever, burned in the hearts of all Hoosiers from this day forward. To their families, please know just how special your sons were," said Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
"I am the proudest father that has ever lived," said Jeff Medley, father of Cody. "Cody was my hero. We will miss him every day. My love for him will always be there. I'll carry him wherever I go. I'm going to make an endeavor to honor Cody for the rest of my life. I'm so proud of you, Cody, and I love you with every piece and fragment of my heart."
"We are extremely proud of his profession and the wonderful role of public service so many of you provide," said Stacy Weldishofer, Cody Medley's mother.
Alex Brinley, partner of Tim, said, "Tim McCormick was a crowning jewel of the human race."
Mayor Greg Ballard said the City of Indianapolis has taken their service and passing to heart.
Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said McCormick and Medley met not only the physical needs of their patients, but also their emotional needs.
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann called them "two amazing young men who chose the path of Emergency Medical Services and of service to others. We are reminded that public service is a choice and for many of you in uniform, a conviction." Ellspermann said those workers' profession frequently places them in harm's way, and that "their commitment to our safety, security and health should never be taken for granted."
Ellspermann quoted Theodore Roosevelt's famous statement about the man in the arena:
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Dr. Charles Miramonti, Chief, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, said he struggled in trying to find meaning in their deaths. Miramonti said his goal was to remember the good, and praised the virtues of service and community that McCormick and Medley help up so well.
"Ask yourself why? Why do you do it? What's wrong with us that we are so driven to help strangers who will likely never thank us and we'll likely never see again? What I do know is that Cody and Tim were driven to serve and to help those around them and to seek nothing in return. Look within. I want you to connect with that and let the example of their lives resonate in your hearts and move your own hands to action."
It was a somber ceremony, but there were also moments of laughter.
"I would often stop by to hang out with them during their down time," recalled Brinley. "They were always paying pranks on each other. I recall one time that Tim went to use the restroom and Cody tied the door open and wouldn't open it until Tim described just how awesome Cody was."
A private funeral for McCormick was held Tuesday at SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.
Medley's family has planned an out-of-state funeral.
Full list of speakers:
The Honorable Sue Ellspermann, Lieutenant Governor, State of Indiana
The Honorable Gregory Ballard, Mayor, City of Indianapolis
The Honorable Maggie Lewis, President, City-County Council, City of Indianapolis and Marion County
Troy Riggs, Public Safety Director, City of Indianapolis
Dr. Charles Miramonti, Chief, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services
Thomas H. Miller, General Secretary/Treasurer, International Association of Fire Fighters
Indianapolis EMS Tribute
Stacy Weldishofer, Mother of Cody
Jeff Medley, Father of Cody
Levi Blake, Family Friend of Tim
Alex Brinley, Partner of Tim
Tim McCormick was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash early Saturday near the Indiana Statehouse. Medley died early Sunday. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Police say the ambulance had the right of way at the intersection at Senate Ave. and St. Clair when the crash happened before 4:00 am Saturday morning. Police are awaiting test results on the 21-year-old female driver whose car collided with the ambulance. She has not been charged in the crash. She told police she was distracted by the GPS in her car when she apparently ran the red light.