Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

May 13, 2013

Inaugural EMS event to pay homage to fallen comrades

Bart Doan

— It’s been nearly three months since Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services Pvt. Tim McCormick and Spec. Cody Medley were killed in an auto accident while in the line of duty.

As National EMS Week descends upon the city, public safety officials here, headed by the IEMS, will put on the inaugural McCormick and Medley Public Safety Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22 at the Indianapolis City Market.

The free event with a fair atmosphere will feature booths representing a multitude of divisions of public safety and partner organizations as well as a memorial booth for McCormick and Medley.

“We wanted to figure out a way we could reach out to the public and tell our story a little more,” IEMS Chief Dr. Charles Miramonti said. “It’s a wonderful venue in which we could pull in the public and share some interaction with our partners and really educate folks and tell them who we are and share our memories of Cody and Tim and what they meant to us.”

Some of the partner organizations that will be attending include the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Fire Department, the Department of Homeland Security, Animal Control, and MESH, a non-profit healthcare crisis and community management group.

“It’s going to be a day where we really modeled the notion of all these agencies working together, and I don’t think people understand how special that is,” Miramonti said. “We work together on an everyday basis, and I think to show that is a great opportunity. It’s a very rare model that agencies like ours work together in such a close way.”

The event will also feature health screenings, as well as give education on how citizens can become involved in helping public safety officials.

“We’re trying to make it really interactive,” said Todd Harper of IEMS. “It’ll be city market day, so that’ll be going on as well. People can come out and take it all in.”

Miramonti added, “We’ve talked about this sort of thing for a couple of years. We hope to see it grow over the next few years, along with any way we can connect out with schools and organizations that we already partner with. We want to not only grow our relationships, but show them and celebrate that. This will be a fantastic event.”

Harper and Miramonti said it will also be a great opportunity for public safety officials to interact with the public at a time of calm, rather than during an emergency situation. They said all of the departments appreciate that opportunity to interact under different conditions.

“It’s our 125th anniversary of EMS in the city,” Harper said, “so we’re excited to get our message out. And on top of all that, we still have this message of Tim and Cody and honoring the sacrifice they gave to the city and why that’s important.”

National EMS Week was first celebrated in 1974, when President Gerald Ford declared it at the request of the director of the Division of Emergency Medical Services, David R. Boyd. The week has since been celebrated by hospitals, fire departments, emergency medical services, and others; and it provides a time to thank those who save lives and make the community a better place.

Indianapolis EMS was formed in 2010 as a partnership between the City of Indianapolis, Indiana University School of Medicine and Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, with Wishard as the supervising hospital. Indianapolis EMS operates as a division of the Department of Public Safety and was formed via unification of Wishard and Indianapolis Fire Department EMS services. The service benefits from medical leadership in quality, education, training, and research from the IU School of Medicine.

For more information about the event, visit the website at www.IndianapolisEMS.org.