Second IEMS employee dies from ambulance crash
Indianapolis EMS has confirmed the second IEMS employee involved in the ambulance accident on Saturday, Paramedic Cody Medley, died early Sunday morning.
Cody, 22, joined the IEMS team in June 2010. He attended high school in Scranton, Penn.
He is described by his friends and colleagues as a fun, outgoing man who enjoyed his job greatly. Cody lived in Indianapolis and enjoyed volunteering and being outdoors.
He did his EMS training through IEMS and the IEMS Academy. He was a member of the Sunman Fire Department in Sunman, Ind., prior to joining IEMS.
"It is with a heavy heart I announce that another of our IEMS brothers has passed. Cody was a skilled paramedic, a loyal colleague and a wonderful friend," said Dr. Charles Miramonti, chief of Indianapolis EMS. "While the past 28 hours have been filled with extraordinary grief, loss and sadness, we've come together to remember two extraordinary young men. I also once again want to recognize the tremendous outpouring of support from our Department of Public Safety family, our Health and Hospital Corporation and Wishard family, and the entire community for our fallen colleague."
We grieve with our IEMS family as we learn of the passing of Specialist Cody Medley," said Troy Riggs, director of the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Safety. "Please keep his family and his friends in your thoughts and prayers."
While Indianapolis Metro Police are still investigating the fatal ambulance crash that happened Saturday morning, emergency responders are trying to cope with the grief of losing two of their team members.
Timothy McCormick, 24, died Saturday from injuries sustained in the downtown crash.
Charles Miramonti of Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services said, "This was an awful set of circumstances this morning. Our crews were driving appropriately. It was not en route to a run. I don't know what could have been done to prevent what happened today. Just awful."
It happened at around 3:37 am when a black Honda headed westbound on St. Clair struck the ambulance, which was southbound in Senate Ave. The ambulance, which had the right of way, was forced onto its side and into a parked car. The traffic light at the Senate and St Clair is flashing yellow for northbound/southbound Senate Ave. (ambulance) and red for eastbound/westbound St. Clair (passenger vehicle).
The two medics inside the ambulance had to be extricated from the wreckage. They were taken to the hospital in critical condition. No one else was in the ambulance.
Critical management teams made up of both fire and police members will work with paramedics as they grieve, and the public will be invited to a memorial service.
The driver of the black Honda involved in the crash, 21-year-old Jade Hammer, was in good condition and taken to Wishard Hospital for a blood draw. An officer at the scene said he detected the smell of alcohol on her breath. Hammer was released pending the results of a blood alcohol content test.
The IMPD Traffic Crash Investigation Unit and members of the FACT team are involved in the ongoing investigation.