INDIANAPOLIS — A community prepares to mourn the loss of a first responder killed in an accident over the weekend with a memorial service, Tuesday morning.
Tim McCormick and his partner Cody Medley died after a car ran a flashing red light at St. Clair and Senate Avenue and crashed into their ambulance. The impact sent the ambulance into a second collision with a parked SUV.
The woman driving the car, 21-year-old Jade Hammer, has not been arrested. Investigators are awaiting blood test results and reviewing surveillance video from the scene that could determine if Hammer will face any charges.
At a private calling for McCormick, Monday evening, friends and hundreds of strangers gathered at Crown Hill Cemetery to pay their respects.
“He was always just outgoing, ready to get things done, really wanted to help people and just try and make a difference,” said Spc. Kyle Thomas, Cody Medley’s EMS partner.
“Timmy was an angel. He was amazing, and he was like a brother to me, like a little brother, and he was gonna be a paramedic, he was gonna go to school next for that,” said Staff Sgt. Val Thomas, Tim McCormick’s EMS partner.
Hammer told police she was focused on her GPS as she drove west on St. Clair Street. According to a police report, she had consumed one and one half alcoholic drinks before the crash, which she claimed were light.
While some are eager to find out what happens, friends of the two EMT’s said they are ready to forgive Hammer and move on.
“Cody and Tim, they wouldn’t want her to feel bad about what happened and to feel guilty about it. They would want her to go on with her life and to learn from what happened,” said colleague Travis Stoffel.
McCormick’s procession from Crown Hall Funeral Home to SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral will happen at 10 a.m. Tuesday. A private Catholic Mass Service will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral.