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1 medic dies in ambulance crash in Indianapolis

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm •  Published: February 16, 2013

No one else was in the ambulance. Both medics were wearing seatbelts, police said.

The car's 21-year-old driver was released following a routine blood-alcohol test, police said.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said McCormick's death is the first known line-of-duty death of an emergency services worker in the city's history. He said medics, police and firefighters are a family.

"Today a member of that family is missing," Riggs said. He said McCormick's death will be handled like that of a police officer or firefighter.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said in a statement that McCormick's death was "a terrible loss."

"When we are most in need, IEMS takes care of us. Now it is our time as a community to take care of them," he said.