INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 16, 2015)-- A vigil was held Monday morning at 3 a.m. to honor two Indianapolis Emergency Medical Service workers who lost their lives in a tragic accident on Feb. 16, 2013.
Specialist Cody Medley, 22, and Private Tim McCormick, 24, died from injuries sustained in a car crash while they were on duty.
A group of people, including fellow EMS workers, gathered at the scene of the accident downtown near the memorial sign that reads “McCormick and Medley EMS Memorial Way.”
The mourners also placed a wreath below the memorial sign.
Tim's mother, Rosemary McCormick, is thankful Indianapolis EMS is keeping her son's memory alive.
"Nobody could forget them. Nobody. They were funny. They were smart. They were characters. I appreciate that people remember them still," said McCormick.
The paramedics' ambulance had the right of way at St. Clair and Senate when they were hit by a driver in a black Honda. The ambulance fell on its side and hit a parked car. McCormick and Medley were both killed.
"I try not to think about the accident. I think about the life Tim lived," explained McCormick.
The young woman driving the car was never charged.
McCormick says she is not angry.
"I hold no anger in my heart for her. If I ever met her or got a chance to talk to her, I would say, you survived. There is a hole in this world now that needs someone who can serve. Be that person. Fill that gap," said McCormick.
McCormick is focused on the good Tim and Cody continue to do--the McCormick and Medley Paramedic Scholarship covers uniforms, textbooks, and tuition and one EMT each year to become a paramedic. To date, two scholarships have been awarded.
"It is the most comforting thing imaginable. All we can hope for is that our family tragedy can do some good and he would be remembered and what`s better than a scholarship for that," said McCormick.
Tim McCormick and Medley were the first Indianapolis EMS members to die in the line of duty.
You can find more information about the scholarship here.
Each year during National EMS Week, Indianapolis EMS will host the McCormick and Medley Public Safety Day on the City Market. This year, the event is set forThursday, May 21 during lunch.