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‘The person you always turn to’

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As a full-time emergency medical technician, a paramedic in training and a recent college graduate, Timothy McCormick’s daily schedule put most of his friends’ busy days to shame.

McCormick typically worked 12-hour shifts with Indianapolis EMS, usually two days on followed by two days off. When he wasn’t working, he was either volunteering or studying to become a paramedic.

The 24-year-old also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from IUPUI in December, McCormick’s partner Alex Brinley said.

Friends could hardly keep up with McCormick’s most recent endeavors during conversations, Brinley said in a memorial ceremony Wednesday.

The McCormick file

Name: Pvt. Timothy McCormick

Age: 24

Residence: Greenwood

Occupation: Emergency medical technician with Indianapolis EMS

When he joined the department: June 1, 2010

But if McCormick knew of anyone who needed him — no matter how busy he was — he looked for a way to help.

McCormick’s friends and the roughly 2,600 people he treated as an EMT can vouch for that, said Brinley and Levi Blake, a McCormick family friend.

That devotion to others is part of what makes his death so hurtful, Brinley said.

“When you lost the person you always turn to for help, what do you do?” he asked.

McCormick considered his friends to be family, and it was important to him to make the most of the time he spent with them, Blake said.

“We all have such fond memories of Tim, because no matter what we did, he was sure to make it last a lifetime,” Blake said.

Blake grew up with McCormick in New York and described him as filled with energy and always asking questions about topics he was interested in.

McCormick ran track, and one of his favorite memories of the sport was hearing his name called on the loudspeaker as he prepared to race around the armory in New York, Blake said.

He was also an Eagle Scout, worked as a lifeguard and over the last year spent several hours each month volunteering. He taught residents of Marion County how to perform CPR and, when necessary, performed wellness checks of their blood pressure and cholesterol.

His co-workers and supervisors had described him as compassionate and dedicated.

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