Memorial services set for fallen EMTs, tributes grow

Friends, family, strangers mourn loss of 2 men

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has delayed his annual State of the City address, planned for Tuesday night, after a weekend crash that killed two Emergency Medical Services members.

Medics Tim McCormick and Cody Medley died this weekend after a crash early Saturday in which a driver ran a red light at the corner of St. Clair Street and Senate Avenue, striking their ambulance and causing it to flip on its side, police said.

The site has become a memorial for friends and family to mourn adorned with flowers and other tokens.

"It has been devastating and the pain from it is definitely growing exponentially because right now it still feels a little bit surreal," said Sue Shepherd, a colleague of McCormick.

There was a public visitation for McCormick on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery.

People waited hours to pay their respects to McCormick and his grieving family.

"I had a chance to comfort them and let them know that earth does not have sorrow that heaven can't heal," said Jessie James Rodgers, a retired IEMS medic. 

A Catholic Mass Service for McCormick will take place Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral in the 1300 block of North Meridian Street. 

A large-scale memorial for both McCormick and Medley will take place Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University. The memorial is open to the public.

There will be a private service held for Medley on Friday.

IEMS is working to take all on-duty personnel out of service on Wednesday for the memorial, employing multiple aid agreements to provide the appropriate back fill, a media release said.

In honor of McCormick and Medley, IEMS workers are petitioning to change the names of North Senate Avenue between 11th Street and West North Street to Medley Street, and West St. Clair Street between North West Street and North Meridian Street to McCormick Street.

IEMS workers invited the public to sign the petition before Friday.

Ballard has requested that all flags be lowered to half-staff.

Friends and family of the two men described them as kind, outgoing and happy to dedicate their lives to helping others.

Hospital officials told RTV6 McCormick and Medley spent their last hours helping the city's homeless. The two medics went on three runs Saturday involving homeless people, and their last run at 2:45 a.m. was to help a homeless man who had been assaulted.

Police investigating the crash said a 21-year-old woman who said she had one and a half drinks hit the ambulance. Blood alcohol results aren't in yet, but colleagues of McCormick and Medley said their memories of the men inspire feelings of forgiveness.

"Cody and Tim, they wouldn't want her to feel bad about what happened and to feel guilty about it," said Travis Stoffel, with IEMS. "They would want her to go on with her life and learn from what happened."

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