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2nd Ind. medic dies from ambulance-crash injuries

The accident happened shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday at an intersection near the Indiana Statehouse

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A second medic died early Sunday from injuries sustained when a car collided with an ambulance that was not on an emergency run and had the right of way in downtown Indianapolis, authorities said.

Paramedic Cody Medley, 22, of Indianapolis, died about 3 a.m. Sunday at Wishard Hospital, said Dr. Charles Miramonti, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services chief. The driver of the ambulance, 24-year-old Tim McCormick from the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood, died Saturday.

"These first responders were devoted to helping others and risked their own lives to do so every day on the job," Mayor Greg Ballard said. "We stand by our IEMS family to give them strength in this time of grief."

The accident happened near the Statehouse shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday, when traffic lights downtown were flashing. The ambulance had the right of way, police said, because it had a flashing yellow traffic signal. The traffic signal for the car was flashing red.

Both medics were wearing seatbelts, police said.

The car's 21-year-old driver was released following a routine blood-alcohol test, police said.

A police officer who was the first to arrive at the scene said the woman was crying and said: "Oh my God. I can't believe this is happening. I can't believe I was in this accident."

Medley, who was originally from Scranton, Pa.,  had been with the Indianapolis EMS since June 2010 and had previously been a member of the Sunman Fire Department in Sunman, Ind.

Miramonti said Medley was a skilled paramedic.

"His friends and colleagues described him as a fun and outgoing man who enjoyed his job greatly," Miramonti said at a news conference Sunday.

McCormick, 24, was originally from New York and attended St. Lawrence University and IUPUI.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said Saturday that the deaths were the first known line-of-duty death of an emergency services worker in Indianapolis' history.

Ballard called the deaths uncharted territory for the city.

"These folks, people like Cody, take care of all of us in our most difficult situations. We never really expect anything like this to occur to them," he said. "They're just on duty and a tragic accident, an unexplainable accident, takes their lives."

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Ballard asked that flags at all City-County facilities be lower to half-staff to honor the paramedics.

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Rose Hocog Rose Hocog Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:19:15 AM Rest In Peace.
Jürgen Käther Jürgen Käther Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:23:05 AM R.I.P.
Jess Rockhold Jess Rockhold Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:23:32 AM Prayers & thoughts to the families!
Ang Schumacher Ang Schumacher Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:24:29 AM Rest in peace.....we will take it from here
Dominic McDonald Dominic McDonald Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:27:44 AM Prayers to family. Rest In Peace.
Carmelina Maxino Carmelina Maxino Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:28:33 AM Such an unfortunate incident. Rest in peace...
Sandy Moreland Pridemore Sandy Moreland Pridemore Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:28:50 AM RIP...Thoughts and prayers to the families. God Bless
Brenda Miles McVay Brenda Miles McVay Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:29:48 AM My prayers are with these families. God Bless.
Sherry Kovacs-Callahan Sherry Kovacs-Callahan Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:32:18 AM My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of these two young sad and tragic!
Sue Walker Sue Walker Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:37:28 AM Rest in peace.
Bryan AndShawn Justice Bryan AndShawn Justice Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:41:02 AM Praying for our brothers co-workers and families. May God be with you during this time. Rest in Peace brothers, we will take it from here.
Cindi Struebig-Brookshire Cindi Struebig-Brookshire Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:44:25 AM rip my ems friends.
Sammi Bee Sammi Bee Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:10:27 AM Usually when you like something like this it is a sign of acknowledgement. It is a positive not a negative way.
Jon Denley Jon Denley Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:12:23 AM you work tonite
Miguel A. Cota Miguel A. Cota Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:15:21 AM Sad News!
Tracy Mooney Tracy Mooney Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:20:30 AM Rip to both. I will keep both families in my thought and prayers!
Stephen Ulberg Stephen Ulberg Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:28:24 AM It never ceases to amaze me that people cannot understand that Facebook is too stupid to put a follow button and if you want to follow the post you have to "Like" it. Just because you "Like" the post. does not mean you are happy about it.
Betty Hall-Cooper Betty Hall-Cooper Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:05:47 AM R.I.P. my brothers. You have made us all proud for your commitment and sacrifices. May you rest in the arms of the LORD and know no pain. Only the peace and the love of GOD.
Roger Steele Roger Steele Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:08:33 AM RIP my brothers.
Roy Rodgers Roy Rodgers Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:18:09 AM Prayer to the families. RIP in Indianapolis.
Roger Look Roger Look Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:20:20 AM rip
Jason Farrish Jason Farrish Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:33:08 AM This was not a good weekend for emergency responders. LA County, Bryan, Tx, and now Indianapolis. RIP my fellow brothers.
John Reid John Reid Sunday, February 17, 2013 11:53:32 AM My prayers go out to the families of these two men, to all of my brothers and sisters on the job be ever vigilant and be safe!
HMHP Trauma Services HMHP Trauma Services Sunday, February 17, 2013 1:19:42 PM Please be careful out there. We all need EMS to be there when we call.
Chuck Cooper Chuck Cooper Sunday, February 17, 2013 1:30:40 PM R.I.P, Brothers. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. To their family, immediate AND extended you are in all of our thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in knowing they are still touching lives, both near and far.
David Harrington David Harrington Sunday, February 17, 2013 3:48:26 PM RIP my friend. Your Duty has been done and now it is time for your rest.
Aggie Pringle Aggie Pringle Sunday, February 17, 2013 7:07:17 PM ..and people say our job isn't dangerous. Prayers to all involved.
Jim Potter Jim Potter Sunday, February 17, 2013 8:21:44 PM Thank you for your service men. Last call came way too soon.
Dawn Clark Dawn Clark Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:28:23 PM God Bless the families and friends of these two young EMS men. Their last call came way to early. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kasey Hoke Kasey Hoke Monday, February 18, 2013 5:17:58 AM Cindy you ruined my day again cause you're not dispatching :-(
Kasey Hoke Kasey Hoke Monday, February 18, 2013 5:19:04 AM Cindy you ruined my day you're not dispatching:-(
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Monday, February 18, 2013 12:45:33 PM Wow! Again with the "ambulance driver" stuff! The headline says medic and it says either medic or EMTs throughout almost every article printed about them. When referring to Tim McCormick, it uses the phrase "driver of the ambulance" to mean he was driving the ambulance and not sitting in the passenger seat. Do you not get the relevance of this? When you write a PCR do you not state if a person was the passenger of a car or the driver? It is also a shame driving an ambulance is not covered in EMT school so some would understand the responsibility of it. Maybe then fewer EMTs would die in MVCs.

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