Lemonade Coyote

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Timothy C. McCormick in uniform

Lemonade Coyote, also known as Cyrus Deer (real name Timothy C. McCormick; born January 27,[1] 1989, died February 16, 2013),[2] was a fursuiter who lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.[3]

Biography[edit]

Indianapolis EMS' Honor Guard for Timothy C. McCormick
Indianapolis EMS badge honoring Timothy C. McCormick and Cody Medley
McCormick and Medley EMS Memorial Way

Tim attended Regis High School and St. Lawrence University in New York,[4] then switched to Indiana University. He joined the Indianapolis EMS in June 2010.

He graduated in fall, 2012, with a major in Political Science, after four semesters on the Dean's List.[4]

Death[edit]

On February 16, 2013, at approximately 3:37am whilst on duty with the Indianapolis EMS,[2] the ambulance Tim was traveling in was hit by a car (a black Honda)[5] at the intersection of Senate and St. Clair streets, in downtown Indianapolis.[6] Tim sustained serious injuries and later died at Wishard Hospital.[2] A second crew member, Cody Medley, who was also in the ambulance, was admitted to Wishard Hospital at the same time in critical condition.[6] Medley passed away in the hospital as well on Sunday, February 17.[7]

Police investigating the collision said the ambulance had the right of way, because it was approaching a flashing yellow traffic signal, whilst the traffic signal for the car was flashing red.[8] An initial police report indicated that an officer on the scene described smelling alcohol on the breath of the car's 21-year-old female driver.[6] FACT (the Marion County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team) was on the scene investigating alcohol as a potential factor in the collision,[6] and the car's driver was released following a routine blood-alcohol test.[8]

On February 28, 2013, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office stated that it found no criminal evidence in the February 16 ambulance crash that left Tim and Cody dead, and the driver who caused the crash would not be charged.[9] Although the female driver of the second car acknowledged she had consumed alcoholic beverages before the crash, her blood alcohol level was found to be 0.038 percent, below Indiana’s 0.08 percent legal limit. Toxicology tests found no evidence of other substances in her blood.[10]

An analysis of the crash scene determined that the car driver was driving at 35 to 40 mph in a 30 mph zone when she ran the flashing red light. The ambulance was traveling 45 to 50 mph, and the medics were not on an emergency run.[10]

Honors[edit]

A commemorative badge was commissioned by the City of Indianapolis' Department of Public Safety for both McCormick and Medley, and the intersection between St. Clair & Senate Streets where the two were fatally injured was renamed "McCormick and Medley EMS Memorial Way" after a fundraising campaign for an accompanying road sign.[11] The sign was unveiled by the City on 23 July, 2013, six months after the accident;[12] it was the first time that the City renamed a section of road for EMT workers.

Remembrances[edit]

An eulogy video, Timothy C. McCormick - A Retrospective, featuring laudatory interviews with Tim's friends, was created by Curt Pehrson on May 8, 2013.

Fandom involvement[edit]

Lemonade attended several furry conventions as a fursuiter.[13] McCormick was honored posthumously by fellow EMTs leading the fursuit parade at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2013 with his portrait.

Fursonas[edit]

Lemonade Coyote fursonas were a white-tailed deer and a pink, yellow, black, and white coyote.

Fursuits[edit]

Lemonade Coyote's deer fursuit was made by Syber with hooves by Whiskey Foxtrot.[14] His coyote fursuit was constructed by Made Fur You in 2011.[15]

Lemonade also had a "Nuke Fox" Fursuit that was also brought to life by MadefurYou. The suit was debuted at IndyFurcon 2012.

Convention attendance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Comedy night tonight, followed by bar-hopping for my mother fucking BIRTHDAY which is tomorrow!!" - posting on Lemonade Coyote's Twitter. Dated January 26, 2013. Retrieved Febriary 17, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Indianapolis EMS Grieves for Fallen Comrade" - article on the website of the Indianapolis EMS. Dated February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  3. Lemonade Coyote's profile on Weasyl. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Fursuiter Lemonade Coyote dies in crash while on EMT duty" - article by Sonious on Flayrah. Dated February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  5. "One EMT killed, another in critical condition after crash" - article on wthr.com. Dated February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "UPDATE: EMT was killed in ambulance crash this morning, 2nd EMT not expected to survive" - article on Fox59. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  7. "2nd EMT, Cody Medley, dies after crash involving ambulance, car" - article on theindychannel.com. Dated February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "1 Medic Dies in Ambulance Crash in Indianapolis" - article on ABC News. Dated February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  9. No charges in deadly Indianapolis ambulance crash" - article on wthr.com. Dated February 28, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "No charges coming in ambulance deaths" - report on The Journal Gazette. Dated March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  11. Nicole Pence Jun 09, 2013 11:10 AM EDT. Memorial for fallen EMS workers reaches funding goal. WTHR Indianapolis.
  12. Indianapolis honors EMS workers killed in February ambulance crash. WTHR Indianapolis (July 23, 2013).
  13. Lemonade Coyote's profile on Weasyl. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  14. "Murr, Have a Seat!" - posting on BlueEyedCy's gallery on Fur Affinity. Dated March 25, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  15. Lemonade Coyote on Syber's gallery on deviantART. Dated March 15, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2013.

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