EMT known for work ethic

Cody Medley was 17 when he told his mother he wanted to be a firefighter, but during their conversation all his mother could see was her 4-year-old son, barely taller than the kitchen table, talking about running into burning buildings.

Medley decided to become a firefighter and eventually a paramedic after watching crews from the Sunman Fire Department and after speaking with one of the department’s cadets, who told him he was eligible to start training.

But being old enough to train for the fire department didn’t excuse him from the house rules of his mother, Stacy Weldishofer, a self-described strict parent. Medley had a habit of pulling practical jokes that sometimes got him grounded and meant he once had to get on his knees and beg his mother to briefly release him from his punishment so he could make a run with Sunman firefighters.

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