INDIANAPOLIS - Mourners gathered Wednesday on the Butler University campus for a memorial for two medics who died after their ambulance collided with a car in downtown Indianapolis.
An ambulance with flashing lights was parked in front of Butler's Clowes Memorial Hall for Wednesday's service honoring 22-year-old Cody Medley of Indianapolis and 24-year-old Tim McCormick of Greenwood. The men were fatally injured in early Saturday's crash.
State and city officials, including Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Sen. Joe Donnelly, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and City-County Council President Maggie Lewis, spoke at the ceremony, flanked on stage by Medley and McCormick's families.
"Their calling was saving lives, and they did it well," Ballard told the crowd.
"They are the heart of Indiana. They are the heart of who we are -- service, love and dedication," Donnelly said. "Their memories will last forever and will be burned into the hearts of Hoosiers from this day forward."
Some of the most powerful words during the service came from Indianapolis EMS chief Dr. Charles Miramonti, who thanked the families and their sons' commitment to service and unity.
"What's wrong with us that we're so driven to help strangers who will likely never thank us and who we'll likely never see again? Cody and Tim were driven to serve and simply help those around them, those in need, and seek nothing in return," he said. "Let their example, their lives, resonate in your hearts and move your own hands to action."
Medley's mother, Stacy Weldishofer, had the crowd laughing with stories of her son's bad dancing, his habit of practical jokes and his inability to tell a lie with a straight face.
She thanked the other EMS members for their support and concern after the crash.
"I want you to know that even though his life was cut short, as a mom, the gift you gave to me to know that my son did grow up to have that character and to have you as a friends, I could never thank you enough for that," Weldishofer said.
Medley's father, Jeff Medley, remembered his son's kind and genuine manner.
"There is a hole in my heart that will never be filled," he said. "I am the proudest father that has ever lived."
Levi Blake, a friend of the McCormick family, spoke on behalf of McCormick's parents, who returned to New York before the memorial
"(Tim) had more energy and drive than many of us could ever imagine," he said. "This is not a goodbye, as we'll see you later, buddy."
McCormick's partner, Alex Brinley, remembered a proud, outgoing man full of life.
"He loved helping people. He was a man for others. He was always smiling," Brinley said. "So keep your chin up and your spirits high, and let's make our Timmy proud."
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