Two EMS workers killed in Saturday morning crash
Two Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service workers died in an ambulance crash while on duty early Saturday morning.
Private Timothy McCormick, 24, and Specialist Cody Medley, a paramedic, died from injuries sustained in the crash. McCormick died a short time after the 4:00 am crash Saturday, and Medley died Sunday after a day on life support. Both had massive brain trauma and other critical injuries.
While Indianapolis Metro Police are still investigating the fatal crash, emergency responders were trying to cope with the grief of losing one of their team members.
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."
"This is a family. And you have to realize that these men and women work together every night. They share in a lot of trouble. They work together as a team. And, today a member of that family is missing. So I'm asking upon all citizens of our great city to remember them in their thoughts and their prayers," said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.
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.
Twenty-four-year old Timothy McCormick had been a part of the Indianapolis EMS team for the last three years.
From New York, McCormick quickly became a part of the Indianapolis community.
"He was just an amazing person. He volunteered all the time; dedicated free time to service and community education," said Miramonti.
The EMT lived in Greenwood, recently attended IUPUI and was an Eagle Scout. His fellow paramedics are having a hard time dealing with his death, especially since this is the first time a paramedic has died while on the job in Marion County.
"There was another in Evansville several years prior, but with the collective, we can't remember one for an EMS agency in Marion County," said Riggs.
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.
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, explained, "This line of duty death will be treated just as any police or firefighter. With the same respect and dignity as we can afford as a city. "
A public memorial to honor Timothy McCormick is being planned for this week.
Indianapolis EMS will also be making memorial stickers like the ones made for fallen police officers.
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.