About 1,200 people gathered Wednesday morning to honor two men who spent the past two-and-a-half years helping in emergencies throughout Indianapolis.
A mix of family, friends and police and emergency crews attended a memorial for Pvt. Timothy McCormick, 24, and Spc. Cody Medley, 22, who suffered fatal injuries Saturday when their ambulance was struck by a car.
Private memorials for the families of McCormick and Medley were planned and took place throughout the week. Wednesday’s ceremony, which started with a procession that began at Indianapolis EMS headquarters and ended with a memorial ceremony at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, was a chance for the public to honor both men.
Family and friends spoke at the memorial, sharing stories about McCormick and Medley that prompted both laughter and tears. Indiana EMS Chief Charles Miramonti spoke of the frustration that comes with trying to answer the question of why both men are dead.
“What good could come from this? I don’t have any answers for you today. Only more questions,” he said.
State and city leaders who spoke at the memorial focused on the legacies of both men.
“Cody and Tim found their worthy cause. They embodied it. And we are truly in debt to their devotion of what they loved,” Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann said.
Speakers included U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, who said great love means being willing to give your life for someone else. McCormick and Medley were prepared to do that every day they went to work, he said.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard praised both men, who cared enough for others to run toward emergencies in order to save others.
“Their calling was saving lives. And they did it well,” Ballard said.
Miramonti called on Indianapolis EMS and public safety workers to remind themselves of the principles McCormick and Medley lived by — service and unity. In mourning their deaths, he asked emergency workers to continue working together in order to keep Indianapolis safe.
Before the ceremony ended, a final radio call was heard throughout the hall, announcing both men had made their final call.
“They will be missed but never forgotten,” the call said.