Indianapolis EMS, gay community mourns loss of medic

Alex Brinley and Val Powers comfort each other.

A visitation for Tim McCormick, an emergency medical technician killed in an ambulance crash Saturday morning in Indianapolis, was held Monday evening at Crown Hill cemetery.

McCormick is being remembered as a warm-hearted person who was ready to help those in need without any thought for himself. During his brief career with Indianapolis EMS, he responded to some of central Indiana's biggest emergencies, including the Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse and the south side explosion in November.

Alex Brinley was the boyfriend of EMT Tim McCormick.

"Tim and I had matching rings just as a symbol of our relationship," said Brinley.

The ring is a "symbol" Alex Brinley says he never wants to part with.

"It's been overwhelming. My phone has been nonstop from friends and people that knew Tim to give their condolences," he said.

EMT Tim McCormick died early Saturday morning after Medic 50 was hit downtown. His work partner Cody Medley died Sunday from injuries sustained in the same crash.

While the public safety community will honor Tim McCormick's service this week, the gay community recognizes his contributions as well.

In a YouTube video posted on Tim McCormick's personal page, McCormick talked about tolerance.

"What I'm telling you is to keep your head up. Keep your spirits high. And keep working at whatever it is you're trying to accomplish in your life. Because it will be worth it when all is said and done," said Tim McCormick in the video.

McCormick created that YouTube video while at IUPUI.  It was part of the "It Gets Better" campaign.

Since his death, the video has been viewed more than 20,000 times. His boyfriend told Eyewitness News the video has made an impact in the gay community.

"It is just part of who he was. He wanted to reach out and help everyone that he could. That was a big part of that video. He had been through a lot in his time because of prejudice and he just wanted to help people who might be going through that," said Alex Brinley.

McCormick graduated from IUPUI in December with a degree in political science.

"He had earned the respect of faculty, staff and classmates for his dedication to his studies and to his work as a paramedic," IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz wrote in a release.

The school has offered support for members of the university's community who may need emotional and psychological assistance in overcoming McCormick's death, through the "JagsCARE" program.

"On behalf of the entire IUPUI community, I express our deepest sympathies to Timothy's family and friends for the loss of this promising young man. Our hearts go out to you," Bantz wrote.