The Kentucky Board of Medical Examiners

2008 Kentucky Coroners Conference

The 2008 Kentucky Coroners Conference was held April 22-25 at the Holiday Inn-Hurstborne in Louisville, Ky. A total of 150 people attended the 2 1/2 day conference. This year's conference allowed 45 registered Kentucky coroners and deputy coroners to once again obtain training credit with the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

The keynote speaker this year was Dr. Marcella Fierro, Retired Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Virginia. Dr. Fierro discussed the "Virginia Tech Shootings" and information on "DNA in Forensic Pathology".

Drs. Lee and Fierro at conference

[Kentucky Coroners Association President Mitchell Lee greets Dr. Marcella Fierro at the 2008 Coroners Conference.]


Wednesday evening, Tera Martin of Emergency Equipment Specialist of Paducah provided tickets for a night of laughs to the Comedy Caravan in Louisville and Thursday 40 people boarded the Start of Louisville for food, dancing, and a beautiful cruise on the Ohio River.

This year several vendors provided information and products for purchase by those in attendance. The Kentucky Association of Counties sponsored our Hospitality Room each night. Some of the exhibitors were: Borden Mortuary Group, Coffman Mortuary Parlor, Dodge Company, Emergency Equipment Specialist of Paducah, Ky., KY Lions Eye Bank of Lexington and Louisville, KODA, KY Violent Death Reporting System, MADD, MP Emergency Equipment, Noon Mortuary Services, SIDS Network of Kentucky.

Make plane to join us next year in April for the 2009 conference. You can obtain your annual training while enjoying the nightlife.

Brian L. Ritchie
Executive Secretary

Dr. Schott and friends

[Dr. Jennifer Schott, Dr. William C. Ralston, and Dr. Poly Purcell pose for a photo at the conference.]

photo of a class at the conference

[Some of the members attending one of the classes at the 2008 Conference]


Class photo #2 at Coroners Conference

Anthony Vaughn at Coroners Conference

[Wayne County Deputy Coroner Anthony Vaughn takes a break between classes.]

Cadaver Dogs Ally and Rayna also attend conference

[Ally and Rayna meet and greet everyone. The cadaver dogs belong to Dr. Barbara Weakly-Jones]

Dr. Hunsaker and Fierro visit

[Dr. John Hunsaker, our 2008 David Wolfe Award recipient, and Dr. Marcella Fierro, our Keynote Speaker, take time to visit during the conference.]

photo of the vehicle from Livingston County

[Jeff Armstrong and James W. Lamb of the Livingston County Coroner's Office show off their new Investigation Unit at the Coroners Conference. Congratulations, guys!]

Mr. Pollard and Mr. Wilder at conference

[Jimmy Pollard and Mike Wilder pose for the camera at the 2008 conference.] 

Dr. Hunsaker receiving the Wolfe award
[Dr. John Hunsaker receives the 2008 David Wolfe award. Pictured are Association Executive Secretary Brian Ritchie, State ME Office Executive Director Mike Wilder, Dr. John Hunsaker, and retired State ME Office Executive Director David Jones.]

Coroners Greenwell and Houghlin at conference

[Nelson County Coroner Joseph L. Greenwell and Deputy Coroner Ray Field Houghlin]

The Vinsons at conference

                                                                  [Mr. and Mrs. John R. Vinson III of Trigg County]


Weakly-Jones wins award

[Dr. Barbara Weakly-Jones receives an award]




Last Updated 6/19/2008