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Indianapolis ambulance hit by car; crash kills 2 paramedics

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Two emergency workers died after suffering severe injuries in an accident early Saturday, marking the first known deaths for Indianapolis EMS in more than a century.

Private Timothy C. McCormick, 24, of Greenwood, an emergency medical technician for Indianapolis EMS, died from the injuries he suffered after the ambulance he was in was hit by a car, rolled on its side and struck a parked car.

Specialist Cody S. Medley, 22, of Indianapolis, a paramedic who was also in the ambulance, died Sunday at Wishard Hospital.

Police are investigating the accident, which happened at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of St. Clair Street and Senate Avenue.

McCormick joined Indianapolis EMS in 2010, and was originally from New York. He had trained to become an EMT in New York, recently attended Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis and was an Eagle Scout, a news release from the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety said.

McCormick was described as compassionate, and involved in community outreach efforts, including health fairs, and efforts to educaten the public on CPR.

McCormick’s relatives are in Staten Island, New York, Indianapolis EMS Chief Charles Miramonti said.

“The entire Indianapolis EMS family is deeply saddened by the news of our fallen brother. Tim was a heroic provider, but he was also a wonderful colleague and friend to us all,” Miramonti said in a statement.

The deaths of McCormick and Medley are the first recorded deaths Indianapolis EMS has had since the late 1800s, Harper said. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard praised the two men, who devoted their lives to helping people in the middle of difficult, dangerous situations, he said.

“I think it’s incumbent on all of us, the community of Indianapolis, to do the best we can to take care of them at this point in time,” Ballard said.

No one has been arrested, the report said.

Police are investigating the accident.

“We’ll just have to see what the investigators come up with,” Ballard said.

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