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Indianapolis paramedic, EMT killed in collision

MEDLEY MCCORMICKIndianapolis EMS Private Timothy C. McCormick, an EMT, and paramedic Spc. Cody S. Medley died due to injuries suffered in a motor vehicle collision early Saturday, February 16, 2013.

On Feb. 28, the Marion County Prosecutor’s office revealed that no criminal charges would be filed against Jade Hammer, the woman whose car collided with the ambulance. Prosecutors said her blood alcohol level was below the legal limit at the time of the crash. The evidence did not elevate the case to criminal charges, prosecutors said.

Memorial pages:

If you wish to make a donation to the IEMS Fund in honor of McCormick and Medley, click here.

Contributions can also be sent to:

The Indianapolis EMS Fund
Eskenazi Health Foundation
1001 W. 10th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two medics killed in a tragic accident will be forever memorialized with a scholarship. Nearly one year ago 24-year-old Timothy McCormick and 22-year-old Cody Medley were killed when their Indianapolis EMS ambulance collided with a car and flipped.

The McCormick and Medley Memorial Scholarship fund recently handed out its first award. The scholarship will cover full tuition for paramedic classes, estimated to cost at least $6,700. Applicants had to write a 500 word essay explaining why they wanted to become a paramedic. 23-year-old Nicole Hall is the first scholarship recipient.

“I want to make them proud, I want to definitely make their families proud because this is for them, in honor of them,” said Hall.

Criminal charges were not filed in the accident that happened on February 16th of last year. Police indicated that the car went through the light at St. Clair St. and hit the ambulance as it traveled south on Senate.

“I think when 2 people as young and vibrant as Tim and Cody, who are taken violently decades before their time it leaves a void in people’s lives that has to be filled some way and this is the greatest way that you can fill that void by honoring them and by providing a scholarship for future generations to become part of the career that they both chose,” said Leon Bell, IEMS Section Chief of Education.

Anyone wishing to apply for the scholarship must be at least 18 years of age, be a certified EMT and have a high school diploma or GED. More information is available on the IEMS website.

A scholarship fund has been created in honor of two medics killed in the line of duty.

Indianapolis EMS and Eskenazi Health are teaming up to remember Private Tim McCormick and Specialist Cody Medley.

The medics were killed in an accident back in February.

The McCormick and Medley Memorial Scholarship will help EMT’s further their careers.  The scholarship, which is worth almost $7,000, can be used for class fees, books, uniforms and more.

You can donate to this fund online: http://indianapolisems.org/mccormick-medley-memorial-scholarship/

A memorial sign honoring two medics killed in a car crash while they were on duty now stands at a downtown intersection.

Tuesday, a marker was placed at the corner of Saint Clair Street and Senate Avenue.

It honors the lives of Timothy McCormick and Cody Medley. The two were killed on Feb. 16 when a car collided with the ambulance they were driving.

Their colleagues said they wanted to make sure Tim and Cody’s sacrifice would never be forgotten.

“We were told when Tim died, you don’t know what a family you just stepped into. Well, look around and you can see the family we stepped into. And they’re just wonderful,” said Rosemary McCormick.

Public donations raised through the Indy Fire House rescue paid for the sign.

Mayor Greg Ballard said it will serve as a reminder the dangers public safety works face on a daily basis.

The city of Indianapolis is honoring two EMS employees who died in the line of duty.  Wednesday was the first McCormick and Medley Public Safety Awareness Day.

The event, which was held at the City Market, honors Private Tim McCormick and Specialist Cody Medley.  Both were killed when another driver crashed into their ambulance back in February.

The event took the form a fair, with booths about different divisions of public safety. There was also a memorial booth dedicated to the men.

“His dad and I have just been overwhelmed by the love and support and the fact that people remember him. He was a young guy, 24 years old, and that positive things are coming out of this is really what we love,” said Rosemary McCormick, Tim McCormick’s mother.

Officials wanted to honor their fallen brothers during National EMS Week, which runs through this Friday.

The driver who crashed into the men,  Jade Hammer, will not face criminal charges for the accident.

INDIANAPOLIS – The city of Indianapolis will pass a resolution Monday night honoring the services of two EMS workers killed in an ambulance crash on Feb. 16.

In the resolution, the City-County Council “celebrates the life, honor and passion” of IEMS Private Timothy McCormick, EMT-B, and Specialist Cody Medley, EMP-P. Proposal 13-093 also “extends comfort to their families and all those who love them.”

The Indy Fire Rescue House collaborated with IEMS and councilors on the resolution, which will be heard at 7 p.m.

McCormick and Medley died after their ambulance collided with a car on Feb. 16  at the intersection of St. Clair Street and Senate Avenue downtown. The accident happened at 3:37 a.m.

The council is still exploring options to create a memorial way on Senate Avenue, although Monday night’s proposal doesn’t cover that aspect.

Two EMS workers who were killed in an ambulance crash last month were given a special honor Friday.

Both have now been named lifetime paramedics for Indiana.

Paramedic Cody Medley and EMT Timothy McCormick died in the line of duty when a driver slammed into them downtown.

McCormick had taken the test to become a paramedic before the crash but hadn’t learned the results. He passed the exam.

Friday, his mother got a standing ovation as she was given his paramedic license in Brownsburg.

The Indiana EMS commission awarded the lifetime paramedic recognition to both young men in light of their service.

A 21-year-old Florida woman will not face criminal charges for the February 16th crash that killed two members of an Indianapolis EMS crew.

Cody Medley and Tim McCormick died when the ambulance McCormick was driving was struck broadside by a car driven by IUPUI student Jade Hammer at 3:37 a.m. at the intersection of St. Clair Street and Senate Avenue downtown.

The collision sent the ambulance into a slide that came to an abrupt halt one third of the way down the block into vehicles parked along southbound Senate Avenue.

“It all begins with nothing more than running a red light,” said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry. “That is not criminal recklessness under Indiana law.”

Neither is it drunk driving, said Curry, even though Hammer admitted having a couple drinks at a downtown bar before running the red light.

“The blood alcohol results were at .038 percent,” said Curry. “The legal threshold, as you know, is .08 percent, so, her blood alcohol wasn’t even half way to the threshold.”

Investigators said Hammer was shocked and remorseful at the scene. She cooperated by giving statements and submitting to a blood draw at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

“(She was) acknowledging that she had consumed some alcohol prior to the accident and that she was trying to follow a GPS on her phone,” said Curry, paraphrasing Hammer’s statement to police. “Otherwise she was completely distraught and appropriate in her responses.”

After the crash, Hammer returned to her Florida home.

The coed had been a student at IUPUI since the first of the year.

“She is incredibly relieved that a thorough investigation was completed and the prosecutor believed that this was the only appropriate way to go forward,” said John Tompkins, Hammer’s defense attorney. “She ran a red light and that was her contribution to these tragic events.”

Hammer faces a traffic citation.

“Anyone involved in a fatal accident endures a deep emotional impact,” said Tompkins, “They have to live with that incident for the rest of their lives.

“Indianapolis does not hold great memories for her at this point. She’s got a loving family in Florida. She’s going to stay there.”

After the prosecutor’s decision was announced, Indianapolis EMS Director Dr. Charles Miramonti issued a statement that read, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to not only the families and loved ones of our beloved Tim and Cody, but also to Jade Hammer and her family.”

Curry said investigators determined both drivers were exceeding the 30 mile-per-hour speed limits on the intersecting streets.

“The accident reconstruction showed that her vehicle was going between 35 to 40 miles per hour. The ambulance was going 45 to 50 miles per hour.”

The prosecutor said the excessive speed of the ambulance would have been a complicating factor in determining whether it was the initial impact at St. Clair and Senate or the collision with the parked vehicle 200 feet south killed the ambulance crew.

“Certainly it continued to go forward and cooling with vehicles down the street clearly would have been a function of the speed of the ambulance,” he said.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday that they have completed a review of the evidence from the ambulance crash that killed to paramedics in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 16.

Prosecutors said they will file no criminal charges against the driver of the other vehicle, 21-year-old Jade Hammer, who collided with the ambulance that Timothy McCormick, 24, and Cody Medley, 22, were riding in.

“This was clearly a tragic accident, and we again extend our sympathies to the families and friends of Cody Medley and Tim McCormick,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. “However, we do not believe that the circumstances of the accident rise to the level of a crime.”

Prosecutor Curry said the decision to not file criminal charges were based on evidence, including the BAC level of Hammer, who told authorities she drank two weak alcoholic beverages prior to the crash. The investigation revealed Hammer had a BAC level of .038, below Indiana’s legal limit of .08.  A toxicology screen also found no other substances in Hammer’s blood.

A crash reconstruction analysis determined Hammer was driving in the range of 35 to 40 mph and the ambulance was traveling at a speed of 45 to 50 mph in a 30 mph speed zone. Prosecutors said the ambulance was not on an emergency run at the time of the crash that occurred at the intersection of Senate Avenue and St. Clair Street.

Authorities said Hammer did fail to stop at a flashing red light at the intersection where the crash occurred. However, the prosecutor’s office said the traffic violation did not rise to the level of criminal recklessness, which requires “conduct in plain, conscious and unjustifiable disregard of harm that might result and the disregard involves a substantial deviation from acceptable standards of conduct.”  Failure to obey the signal is considered a Class C infraction.

Dr. Charles Miramonti, chief of Indianapolis EMS, released the following statement after the decision was announced:

Indianapolis EMS thanks Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and his office and the entire FACT team for the diligence, compassion, and professionalism they consistently demonstrated throughout their investigation. Their efforts serve to bring closure to this tragic chapter in our history and our personal lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to not only the families and loved ones of our beloved Tim and Cody, but also to Jade Hammer and her family. I continue to also be grateful to the IEMS Family and Public Safety Department, for the strength and resolve you have shown during this time of pain and grief. I could not be more proud of our service and the men and women who truly make it extraordinary.

Following Wednesday’s Public Safety Memorial Service for Private Timothy McCormick and Specialist Cody Medley, several members of the local Indianapolis community and the community at-large are looking for ways to memorialize these fallen heroes. As a result, Indianapolis EMS (IEMS) has created a memorial sticker as a way to remember the lives of these two young men and to pay tribute to their dedication towards public safety.

Members of the public are welcome to visit either of the two Sullivan Hardware and Garden Indianapolis locations to pick up a free sticker. Once you arrive, simply ask an associate how you may obtain a sticker. Below are the locations and operating hours for both stores.

6955 N. Keystone Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Phone: 255.9230

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

and

4838 N. Pennsylvania
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Phone: 924-5040

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

A public memorial service honoring two Indianapolis EMTs killed over the weekend took place Wednesday morning.

A procession starting at Indianapolis EMS Headquarters on Georgetown Road began at 9 a.m. and ended at 9:30 a.m., after passing beneath a large American flag draped between two Indianapolis Fire Department ladder trucks on the Butler University campus.

At 10 a.m., the public was invited to attend the Public Safety Memorial Service at Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall.

Several public officials spoke at the service, including Mayor Greg Ballard, Lt. Gov. Susan Ellspermann, Sen. Joe Donnelly and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.

Sen. Donnelly said the memories of 24-year-old Timothy McCormick and 22-year-old Cody Medley will be burned in the hearts of Hoosiers forever.

The two men were killed Saturday, when a car, driven by 21-year-old Jade Hammer, ran a flashing red light and struck the first responders’ ambulance.

“Their calling was saving lives,” said Mayor Ballard. “And they did it well.”

Family and friends of the two victims also spoke to the public, telling emotional stories about their loved ones whose lives were taken too soon.

Watch Fox59 News beginning at 4 p.m. for an inside look into the memorial service.

 

EMS procession

EMS procession at 38th and Georgetown

 

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