Ambulance crash claims second victim

Paramedic Cody Medley, 22, become the second EMS crew member to die as the result of a pre-dawn crash between an ambulance and a motorist in downtown Indianapolis Saturday.

Medley’s partner, EMT Tim McCormick, 24, was also fatally injured in the collision at Senate Avenue and St. Clair Street at 3:37 a.m.

McCormick was pronounced dead at Wishard Memorial Hospital a short time later.

Medley was taken off life support less than 24 hours after the accident.

“I could not be prouder of this boy…this man right here,” said Jeff Medley as he pointed to Cody’s name on his son’s EMS fleece that he wore at a Sunday news conference alongside Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. “He’s an incredible person. I wish you all could’ve got to meet him.”

Medley trained as a firefighter in the southern Indiana community of Sunman before moving to Indianapolis and beginning his paramedic career in 2010.

McCormick trained as an EMT in New York before arriving in Indiana.

“They feel a calling to make a difference in the world, to make a difference in any of the communities in which they live and can affect change,” said Dr. Charles Miramonti, IEMS chief. “That’s what brings us to work, a lot of us to work, everyday.”

“Both these young men chose to live here,” said Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. “I think they chose to live here because of the opportunities but also because of the family feel that we have.”

Medley and McCormick may be the first EMS crew members to ever lose their lives in the line of duty in Indianapolis.

“This is a little bit uncharted territory,” said Mayor Ballard. “These folks…people like Cody take care of all of us in our most difficult situations and we never really expected anything like this to occur to them.”

Dr. Miramonti said counselors had been made available to EMS crews who worked alongside the pair or had responded to the crash scene early Saturday.

EMS services and private ambulance services from surrounding communities have volunteered to handle runs for the Indianapolis EMS.

Investigators said that while the presence of alcohol was detected in the system of the 21-year-old woman involved in the crash, no charges have yet been filed.

A surveillance camera mounted on a nearby IUPUI building at the intersection may have captured the crash.

If there is such video, it will be viewed by the Marion County Prosecutors Office.

A memorial service honoring the crew members will be held at a north side church later this week.

The families of Medley and McCormick are expected to transport the bodies of the men back home for burial by mid-week.

The weekend tragedy may postpone some public events scheduled by Mayor Ballard and the city county council this week.