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Gay EMT and Eagle Scout Killed in Tragic Ambulance Accident in Indianapolis, Made 'It Gets Better' Video: VIDEO

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IEMS Private Timothy McCormick, a 24-year-old gay EMT from Greenwood, Indiana, was killed in a tragic accident early Saturday morning in Indianapolis when the ambulance he was in was struck by a 21-year-old woman WTHI-TV reports had alcohol on her breath when officers spoke with her after the crash.

McCormick was also an Eagle Scout and spent his time at health fairs educating people about CPR.

He made an 'It Gets Better' video posted to YouTube in December 2011, in which he said, in part:

"My name is Tim McCormick. I am an Eagle Scout, college student, and professional EMT living in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am a gay American adult. I have a brief but short message for you today...I want you to know that It Gets Better. Regardless of who you are. Regardless of your persona. academic, spiritual, professional, or sexual identity... The things that are happening today are only typical of the hard times in which we live... If you don't have anything, keep searching. If you've lost what you used to have., keep trying. Life isn't a dress rehearsal, and it's your time to shine. Right now..."

Watch his full It Gets Better video and the accident report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Flags were being flown at half staff in Indianapolis and city officials released statements:

"(He) was an amazing human being, had done a tremendous amount of community outreach for us, was always a vibrant representative for our service and loved his job. Absolutely loved his job at the end of the day," said Dr. Charles Miramonti, Director of the Indianapolis EMS. "This is not easy."

City-County President Maggie Lewis released a statement on the tragedy:

Our thoughts and prayers are with families of the ambulance driver who was tragically killed and the medic who was injured in this morning’s accident.  Emergency responders dedicate their lives to caring for the health and safety of everyone in our community.  The loss of life in the line of duty is a reminder of how precious life is and that we must live everyday to its fullest.

Saturday afternoon, Mayor Greg Ballard also released a statement regarding the accident:

"This is a terrible loss for Indianapolis EMS and our city. Our thoughts and prayers are with our public safety community and with the families. When we are most in need, IEMS takes care of us. Now it is our time as a community to take care of them. "

McCormick was originally from Staten Island, NY. His family is devastated.

Despite the Boy Scouts' ban on gay scouts and gay leaders in their organization, McCormick is just one example of the fact that there are many in their organization ALREADY, and they are respected, loved worthy contributors to communities, families, and society at large. May he rest in peace.

Watch his full It Gets Better video and the accident report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Accident report:

Flags fly at half-staff for fallen EMT

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  1. Damn. One of the most painful things in life is to see someone who is so brave and so valuable leave life so quickly.

    Mr McCormick really cared about helping other people. What a beautiful young man, and what a loss for us. It happens.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 18, 2013 9:28:31 AM


  2. This is very sad. EMTs are a special breed. I certainly wouldn't want their job - since I loathe most people and could care less if they live. But this poor guy gets killed while working because some boozy idiot hits the streets. Bummer.

    Posted by: Bollux | Feb 18, 2013 9:36:12 AM


  3. He is also known as Lemonade Coyote in the furry fandom and has close friends all over the U.S. I didn't know him personally surprisingly because I know many of the Indianapolis furries, but it was still sad to see a fellow furry go.

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Feb 18, 2013 9:38:51 AM


  4. Apparently Cody Medley, the 2nd EMT involved in the collision, has also died (https://www.google.com/news?ncl=dhRdXYSUAKnvdjMMrycnC0cTv3NQM&q=indianapolis+EMT+cody+medley&lr=English&hl=en). Tragic losses of which consuming alcohol and making life changing judgements were the culprit. My heart goes out to both families.

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 18, 2013 10:20:56 AM


  5. Very sad. I know many people in the Indianapolis hospital and gay community are upset over this accident.

    Posted by: Reality | Feb 18, 2013 10:36:37 AM


  6. Tragic, two good young men killed in a senseless accident and the (allegedly) drunken b!tch survives. I hope she spends the rest of her life in jail, but she won't. I think drunk drivers who kill while behind the wheel should pay the ultimate price.

    Posted by: Bob R | Feb 18, 2013 10:53:54 AM


  7. Something about this young man feels very special to me. I'm sorry he's gone, however I do not believe in the death of consciousness, he is still a precious ripple in the great and ever expanding pond.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 18, 2013 12:21:56 PM


  8. What a heartbreaking loss. Hope the family knows how many people were touched by their son's life and example and good works.

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 18, 2013 1:31:53 PM


  9. I HATE people who drive drunk. That is right up there with the most deplorable things a person can do. Drive drunk, driving while texting. So irresponsible, so selfish, and I understand a lot of these people have alcoholism and are not in the mindframe to think clearly about things, but that's the point----they should not be driving motor vehicles.

    RIP to Tim McCormick and Cody Medley. Tim appears to have been an amazing guy who touched so many people in Indianapolis, and state and countrywide. His life on Earth may have ended but his spirit will be remember forever by those who he touched.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 18, 2013 1:32:58 PM


  10. The death penalty for that drunken wench or else life in prison without parole.

    Rest in peace, young man. In your short, brief life you have done much, much good.

    I choose to believe that the brightest, shining star I see tonight shall be your soul, soaring through the universe on golden wings of love.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 18, 2013 2:14:22 PM


  11. This man was a hero, two-fold. He helped save lives through his video and he saved lives as an EMT. He left in an indelible mark on this world. Rest in peace, Timothy.

    Posted by: Jake Orlando | Feb 18, 2013 3:08:11 PM


  12. This is tragic and I ask for the, oh say 3,000th time, when the fu@k will e get serious about drubk driving in this country. ZERO TOLERANCE!!! Federal mandatory loss of license for ten years for driving under the influence, mandatory minimum of five years for if you are involved in an accident while driving impaired, and ten years mandatory minimum of incarceration in the event of an accident in which someone is killed. NO EXCEPTIONS! Enough is enough!

    Posted by: Marc C | Feb 18, 2013 3:39:05 PM


  13. @JAKE ORLANDO - absolutely right! There's no telling how many lives he has literally saved, both as an EMT and through his video. And it was while he was actively doing his EMT work that his life was taken. Truly a special person on every level, and his death is a massive loss for humanity.

    Posted by: Bobby | Feb 18, 2013 3:48:53 PM


  14. My Irish grandmother often use to say: "Only the good die young". It sure is true in this case.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 18, 2013 3:58:41 PM


  15. It is shameful the way the press has attached this young man. He gave his life for a worthy cause. What his sexual or religious preference is of no consequence.What caused this and how will it be handled? Please do not sweep it under the table it has been for others in the past.

    Posted by: Walt | Feb 18, 2013 6:58:36 PM


  16. @walt, who is attacking him?

    Posted by: Sam | Feb 19, 2013 3:30:00 AM


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