The Kentucky Board of Medical Examiners

Announcements

11/14/2016
  An additional training class has been added to the DOCJT schedule. The subject matter is Mass Fatality Management, the dates are 12/06-12/07 at the KACO building in Frankfort. For those of you needing a class before the January 1, 2017 deadline this IS the LAST one! 

09/22/2016
Have updated the new address and new phone number for the new ME Office in Louisville. There are some other updates to be done as well as soon as I get more information.

08/10/2016
Mike Wilder in Boyle County has several items of emergency equipment for sale in like-new condition. These items include:

3 ft. Blue LED Stick Light
SC 1000 Volunteer hand held Siren
100 Watt Siren Speaker
1 Visor light Blue
6 LED Grille lights (Blue)
2 side window LED (Red and Blue) lights

If interested, you can give Mike a call or text @859-326- 0569

 

06/09/2016
The Crime Scene Investigation course scheduled in Bowling Green on 06/21-06/22 has been postponed. When rescheduled we will make the announcment here as soon as possible.

 

04/20/2016
The 2016 Kentucky Coroner's Conference is NEXT WEEK!

The special block of rooms at a conference rate has been sold out for quiet a while now, but check with the conference hotel for rooms at regular rates.

Below is the Conference Agenda:

DAY ONE

9:30 am – 10:00 am                 Vendor Introductions

                                                               

 

10:00 am – 12:00                    Forensic Anthropology”

                                                Dawnie Wolfe Steadman, Ph.D., D-ABFA

                                                Director, Forensic Anthropology Center 

                                                University of Tennessee

 

                                               

12:00 – 1:00 pm                      LUNCH

 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm                  “Drug Deaths”

                                                Kerry Harvey, U.S. Attorney, Lexington Office

                                                               

                                                BREAK

 

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm                  “Mayhem in May”

                                                Six person fatality accident

                                                Forrest Hicks, Wayne County Coroner

           

                                                BREAK

                                               

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                  “Determining the Time of Death”

                                                John Goble, Scott County Coroner

 

5:00 pm - ?????                       Hospitality Room                                                    

                                                Sponsored by Kentucky Coroner Association

 

DAY TWO

 

8:30 am – 9:00 am                   Registration                                                            Crowne BC

 

9:00 am – 10:15 am                 NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System)

                                                Amy Dobbs, Regional Systems Administrator

                                               

                                                                BREAK

 

10:30 am – 11:30 am               NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System)

                                                Amy Dobbs, Regional Systems Administrator

 

                                               

11:30 am – 1:00 pm                LUNCH

 

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                  “Investigating Drug Related Deaths”

                                                William “Bill” Ralston, KY Chief Medical Examiner

                                               

                                                BREAK

 

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm                  Demonstration of NEW KY Coroner’s Association WEBSITE

                                                Forrest Hicks – Chairman of Website committee

 

                                                BREAK

 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm                  “KY Medical Examiner UPDATE”

                                                William “Bill” Ralston, KY Chief Medical Examiner

  

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm                  “History of the Kentucky Coroner’s Association”

                                                David Jones, Consultant to the KY Coroners/Medical Examiners

 

DAY THREE

 

9:00 am – 10:00 am                 Ebola Virus

                                                Jasie Logsdon, Health Care Preparedness Coordinator

                                                Lake Cumberland & Barren Regions

                                                   

                                                BREAK

 

10:00 am – 11:30 am               Ebola Virus – cont. “Bio-Seal demo”

                                                Jasie Logsdon, Health Care Preparedness Coordinator

                                                Lake Cumberland & Barren Regions

                                               

                                                BREAK

 

                                                TEST                             

 

 

 

02/19/2016
The 2016 Kentucky Coroner's Conference is coming up April 27-29, 2016 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

A block of rooms has been reserved for Coroners and Deputy Coroners at a spaecial rate of $104 per night plus tax. To receive this rate you must ask for the block code that you received in the recent mailing from Brian Ritchie. These rooms always fill up quickly so make your reservations NOW!  

For those Coroners and Deputy Coroners aplying for Career Development awards remember to submit the required documentation to Brian Ritchie no later than March 18, 2016.

An exciting and educational Agenda is being planned for this year's Conference. As soon as it is finalized we will post it here on the website.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact President Mike Wilder, Jimmy Pollard, or Brian Ritchie.

 

02/18/2016
Please note on the Coroner Training page that the Photography/Blood Spatter class scheduled for 06/14-06/15 has been moved to 06/28-06/29 due to a scheduling conflict.

01/29/2016
The 2016 Coroner's Training schedule is now final and posted on the CORONER TRAINING page. This year's schedule presents a wide-ranging and comprehensive curriculum encompassing a total of 14 classes, on 12 subjects, and in 7 locations scattered across Kentucky.

Some points to consider include:

Somerset has been added as a training site convenient for those Coroners and Deputy Coroners in Southern and Southeastern Kentucky.

A new class titled "Social Media" has been added this year.

Last year's new class, "Media Relations for Coroners", was well-received and continues in 2016.

Coroner's Basic Firearms returns after an absence of several years.

Elder Abuse Death Investigations has returned after an absence of a several years.

The Board of Directors for the Kentucky Coroners Association encourages you to sign up EARLY for the courses you are particularly interested in. Remember, waiting too close to the start date may cause the course to be CANCELED due to low enrollment, and waiting too late in the year to register can cause a course to be CLOSED to new registrants due to reaching its maximum capacity. 

 

01/13/2016
Have updated the Staff Directory to reflect various staff changes in the ME Offices.

Also expect to have the 2016 DOCJT Coroner's Training schedule soon. We will post it here as soon as we have it!

12/08/2015
Please be in prayer for David and Connie Jones in the passing of David's mother. The arrangements are listed below:

Lena Pearl Neikirk, 94, daughter of the late Grover and Lula Pearl Neikirk passed away in Danville on December 6, 2015. She was born on August 12, 1921 in the Possum Trot area of Pulaski County. She graduated from Somerset High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She later received an Associate Degree from Jefferson Community College. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Somerset where she taught the Adult Women Sunday School Class for several years. She was known throughout Pulaski County as the "Stanley Dealer" since she worked as a sales representative for Stanley Home Products during the 50's and 60's. She also worked for the Neikirk Insurance Agency for several years then moved to Louisville to be the secretary of her late brother-in-law, Willis Quiggens, Plumbing Company.


She is survived by three sons, David William Jones (Connie) of Frankfort, George Phillip Jones (Gayle), of Danville, Larry Kent Jones ( Janet) of Fairdale. Also surviving are three grand children Candi Whitmer (Blaine) of Bowling Green, Douglas Jones of Somerset, Brian Jones (Amy) of Little Rock, Arkansas and eight great grand children.

Visitation for Lena Pearl Neikirk-Jones will be held at the Pulaski Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 9th from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

A celebration honoring the life of Lena Pearl Neikirk-Jones will be held at the Chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home on Thursday, December 10th at 11:00 A.M.

Interment will follow at the Somerset Cemetery.

12/03/2015

On November 20, 2015 the Kentucky Coroner's Association and the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office honored Forensic Pathologist Dr. Juhn Hunsaker for his many years of service to Kentucky Coroners and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Association President Mike Wilder present Dr. Hunsaker with an honorary plaque of appreciation. Thank You Dr. Hunsaker!!  

 

 

 

11/12/2015
2015 Lake Barkley class photo with Dr. Corey presenting "Child Death Investigations". Due to her upcoming retirement this will be her last DOCJT Coroner class. Thank You Dr. Corey!!

 

 

09/25/2015
We regret to inform the Kentucky Coroner/Medical Examiner community of the passing of long-time Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney. He died at 8:13 A.M., Thursday, September 24, 2015 in Campbellsville at the age of 63 years.

He began employment at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in 1968 later purchasing the business in 1981, where he served as owner, operator and licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He was elected Deputy Coroner of Taylor County in 1978 and then elected Coroner in 1982 where he continued to serve the citizens of Taylor County with competence and compassion.


He was a member of many civic and professional organizations on a Federal, State and Local level, including the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team/Weapons of Mass Destruction , Member of National Disaster Medical System; Kentucky Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Kentucky Coroners Association, International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Campbellsville Kiwanis Club, Pitman Masonic Lodge #124 F&AM, Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Medical Examiner Advisory Commission, Board of Directors Taylor County Board of Health, Board of Directors Lake Cumberland District Health Department, and Board of Directors Citizens Bank and Trust Company. He was owner and operator of Parrott-Turner-Dabney Cemetery, a Licensed Life Insurance Agent, Advisor to Board of Directors for Taylor County Chapter of the Dream Factory, Board Member of Taylor County Health Department and Advisor to the Kentucky Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Committee. He served as past president of the Kentucky State Coroner’s Association, and was awarded numerous awards and honors.


Besides his wife, Judy Dabney of Campbellsville, he is survived by one son and one daughter, Traver Dabney and wife, Kelli of Versailles and Tara Dabney of Chicago; three granddaughters: Catherine Isabel Dabney, Olivia Brooke Dabney and Scarlet Elizabeth Dabney; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Lynwood and Juanita Newton of Campbellsville, and many other relatives and friends..

VISITATION will be 3:00 - 9:00 P.M., Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home


FUNERAL SERVICE will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville. BURIAL will be in Brookside Cemetery

FAMILY REQUESTS EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY BE DONATIONS TO GIDEON BIBLES, COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS OR BROOKSIDE CEMETERY AND MAY BE MADE AT PARROTT & RAMSEY FUNERAL HOME

 

 

 

 

 

09/20/2015
PLEASE NOTE THIS TRAINING SCHEDULE CHANGE!! The Child Death Investigations class scheduled for 11/03-11/04 at Lake Barkley SRP has been rescheduled to the same week but will begin one day later on Wednesday 11/04 and will conclude on Thursday 11/05.

08/03/2015

The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General is offering a one-day program in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY REVIEW TRAINING.

Monday, September 14, 2015
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
National Corvette Museum
350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Fayette County Courthouse
120 North Limestone, Lexington, KY 40507

Core Objectives will be:
* Identify systemic gaps and barriers to service
* Enhance the safety of domestic violence victims and accountability of batters
* Implement coordinated community response
* Influence public policy for prevention and intervention of domestic violence

Guest Speakers will be:

Dr. Neil Websdale- Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University

Matthew Dale- Senior Consultant for the National Domestice Violence Review Initiative. Dale coordinates work around the state of Montana in the areas of consumer protection, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Chief Jerald Monahan- A 36 year public safety official, serving with 4 departments prior to March 2013, when he was appointed as the Chief of Police for the city of Prescott, Arizona.

REGISTRATION: Deadline for registration is Friday, September 4, 2015. Contact Sallie Razor at sallie.razor@ky.gov  or by calling 502-696-5312.

 

06/18/2015
Former Logan County Coroner Jackie Doyle Dunlap, age 68, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Springfield, Tennessee. He served 3 terms as Logan County Coroner, was a former director of Logan County EMS, Russell County city councilman, was a U.S. Army veteran a member of Pine Oak Baptist Church, and was employed at Summers, Kirby, and Sanders Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife Doris Dunlap, a son- Bo Dunlap, a dughter- Jennifer Motsinger, 6 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 11 am - 2 pm at Summers, Kirby, and Sanders Funeral Home in Russellville, Ky. Funeral services will also be Friday, June 19th at 2 pm. in the funeral home chapel.

06/18/2015
Former Gallatin County Coroner Jacque "Jack" Andrew Hughes, 62, passed away Sunday June 14, 2015 at his home. Jack was retired from the City of Warsaw Water Dept., had served as Gallatin County Coroner and drove a truck for many years. He was an avid collector of old tractors. He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife Susan Brown Hughes, his father Norman Hughes, step children, Andrew Barr, Izabel Wheeler, Tommy (Brenda) Dunn and Katelyn Dunn, his sister, Melanie (David) Stone, nephew, D.J. Stone, niece, Jessica (Jeff) Gamble, great nieces, Rylee and Hayden Gamble and great nephews, Dylan and Gavyn Gamble and a grandson R.J. Dunn. Visitation is Thursday June 18 from 4 to 8 and the funeral on Friday June 19 at 11 am at the Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw. Burial will be in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials may be given to the Gallatin Co. F.F.A.

04/07/2015
Keep in mind the upcoming 2015 Kentucky Coroner's Conference April 28-30, 2015. Registration is still going on and, as of this morning, rooms were still available at the hotel.

04/06/2015
The Master Coroner List on the Front page has been updated, and includes the information obtained during the February Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator Course. We will come back and update the list again following the conclusion of the June Basic Course.

03/26/2015
Here is the 2015 Kentucky Coroners Conference Agenda:

Monday, April 27th

                                                                                                                                                        

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm                              Early Registration                                Shelby/Trimble Room
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm                              KCA Board Meeeting                          Shelby/Trimble Room

                                                                                                                    

Tuesday, April 28th

 

7:00 am                                               Vendor – Set-up               

                                                                                                                                                                    (Ground Floor)

8:00 am – 9:00 am                               Registration                                                Crowne A

9:00 am – 9:15 am                               Welcome                                                     Crowne A

 

Mitchell Lee, Marshall County Coroner

President

Kentucky Coroner’s Association

 

David Jones

Consultant to the Kentucky Coroner’s

and Medical Examiners

 

Dr. Tracey S. Corey

KY Chief Medical Examiner

Justice & Public Safety Cabinet

 

“Coroner Training & Announcements”

Lewis Nugent

Instructor/Coroner Training Coordinator

Department of Criminal Justice Training  

 

 

9:15 am – 10:15 am                 “KY - EDRS” KY Electronic Death Registration System  

                                                Paul Royce, Asst. Director Epidemiology & Health Planning

                                                Deena Jones,  Health Policy Specialist

                                                Christina Stewart, Admin. Branch Manager

                                                Office of Vital Statistics

  

10:30 am – 11:30 am               “Railroad Deaths”

                                                Carl Agner, Investigator for CSX Railroad  

                                               

                                               

11:30 am – 1:00 pm                LUNCH

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                  “BTK Serial Killer Investigation/ Task Force Operations”

                                                Kelly M. Otis, Chief of Investigations,

                                                Office of District Attorney, 18th Judicial District of Kansas

                                                                

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm                  “Presentation continued….”

                                                Kelly M. Otis

                                                 

3:15 pm – 5:00 pm                  “Presentation continued….”

                                                Kelly M. Otis

 

5:30 pm - ?????                       Hospitality Room                                                    

                                                Sponsored by Kentucky Coroner Association

 

 

Wednesday, April 29th

8:30 am – 9:00 am                   Registration                                                            Crowne A

 

9:00 am – 10:15 am                 “AIT Laboratories”

                                                Kevin Shanks, Toxicologist

                                                AIT Laboratories

                                                 

10:30 am – 11:30 am               “Kentucky Medical Examiner Update”

                                                Dr. Tracey Corey, KY Chief Medical Examiner

                                               

                                                McCloud Award

                                                Presented by Dr. Tracey Corey

 

 

11:30 am – 1:00 pm                LUNCH

 

 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                  “ACT on Drugs”

                                                Lynn Remier,

                                                President of ACT on Drugs, Colorado

 

 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm                  Continued – Lynn Remier

 

 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                  Continued – Lynn Remier

                                                

5:00 pm                                   Coroner Career Development Awards and

Presentation of the “David J. Wolfe Award”

                                                Mitchell Lee – President KY State Coroner’s Assoc.

 

5:15 pm                                   Kentucky State Coroner’s Association

Annual General Meeting

                                                                       

5:45 pm - ?????                       Hospitality Room

  

Thursday, April 30th

                                                                                                                                     Crowne A

 

9:00 am – 10:00 am                 SB – 69

                                                “Tracking Deaths in Custody/Law Enforcement Care”

                                                    Senator Reginald Thomas, Fayette County, KY

 

10:00 am – 11:30 am               “Death Certification & Toxicology –

                                                Why Getting it Right Matters”

                                                Dr. Tracey Corey – KY Chief Medical Examiner

 

                                                BREAK

 

12:00 (noon)                            REVIEW

 

                                                TEST                             

 

03/25/2015
The Kentucky Coroner's Association has 2 open positions on its Board of Directors. Bonded and sworn Coroners and/or Deputy Coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for open positions on the Association Board of Directors should submit a letter stating their interest to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrenceburg, KY. 40342, or email to KY_Coroners_Assoc@yahoo.com . It can also be sent to President Mitchell Lee, P.O. Box 284, Benton, KY 42025 or email to mlee@collierfuneralhome.com on or prior to April 22, 2014.
 
Also, the Kentucky Coroner's Association position of Executive Secretary/Treasurer will be elected by majority vote at the General Membership meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Any active coroner/deputy coroner, associate member, or anyone with knowledge and understanding of the Kentucky Coroner's Association may apply for the position.  The position is a yearly contracted position and applicants need to submit their nomination to the nominating committee through President Mitchell Lee, P.O. Box 284, Benton, KY. 42025 or email to mlee@collierfuneralhome.com on or prior to April 22, 2014.

03/03/2015
William V. "Spider" Garnett, age 84, of Owenton ,KY., passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Owenton. Funeral was Monday, March 2, 2015 at McDonald and New Funeral Home in Owenton.

Mr. Garnett is the father of Owen County Coroner and Kentucky Coroner's Association Board Member Lannis Garnett. Please remember Lannis and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

02/28/2015
Russell E. Compton, age 95, former Boyd County Coroner for 22 years, passed away on February 26th in Cattletsburg, KY. He was a Past President of the Kentucky Coroner's Association and Past President of the International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association. He was involved in the formation of the Kentucky Coroner's Association in 1950 and helped establish the Kentucky Coroner's Conference and some of the first coroner training courses.He was a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and a Past President of the Eastern Kentucky Funeral Directors Association.

Mr. Compton was preceded in death by his wife Mary Agnes Compton; and is survived by a sister, several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 1st from 5-7 pm in the Steen Funeral Home-Thirteenth Street chapel in Ashland, KY. Funeral services will be Monday, March 2nd, in the chapel of the Funeral Home. 

02/27/2015

We regret to inform the Kentucky Coroner/Medical Examiner community of the death of Madison County Deputy Coroner Walter Lee Cornelison. He is the father of Madison County Coroner and Kentucky Coroner’s Association Board Member Jimmy Cornelison.

Walter Cornelison passed away in Lexington on February 26, 2015 at the age of 86 years. He was a charter member of the Waco Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Madison County Rescue Squad, and an Emergency Medical Technician for the Madison County EMS. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy Cornelison, three children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday, March 1st from 2-7 pm EST in the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will be Monday, March 2nd, at 11 am in the chapel of Combs, Parson, and Collins Funeral Home; 328 West Main Street, Richmond, KY.  

 

02/05/2015
The following training opportunity has also been added to the Coroner Training page:

The National Transportation Safety Board is offering a three-day course titled ”Transportation Disaster Response – Family Assistance.”  This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of how organizations involved in a transportation accident response can most effectively support family assistance efforts.  Participants will learn how their organization fits into the broader family assistance framework and how to improve interagency communication and coordination; strategies for communicating effectively with grieving family members; and techniques for conducting family briefings.  Following the course, participants will be able to brief others in their organization about the transportation disaster response process and the role of the NTSB.  The course is designed specifically for commercial transportation industry officials, representatives of federal, state, and local agencies that have a role in transportation disaster response, and representatives of non-governmental and/or private agencies that have a legitimate and recognized transportation disaster response role.  The training will be offered on March 24-26, 2015, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, (near Washington, D.C.). Those interested in learning more should see the complete description of the training, registration information, and cost to attend at: http://www.ntsb.gov/Training_Center/Pages/TDA301_2015.aspx.  This course has been approved for a maximum of 18.25 continuing education credits with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).   

Information about the NTSB Training Center is available at:  http://www.ntsb.gov/Training_Center/Pages/TrainingCenter.aspx. 

01/29/2015
The Staff Directory page has been updated with new information regarding the 4 Medical Examiner Officies and each of their respective staff members. There had been quite a bit of change what with retirements, additions, transfers to other states, etc.

01/28/2015
The complete 2015 Coroners Training Schedule has been uploaded onto the Coroner Training page. This years DOCJT-provided training includes the 40 hour Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator training class, 11 individual classes scattered across the state, the Annual Coroner's Conference, and the 2 hour Mandatory training program.

Information for a Non-DOCJT Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course at Saint Louis University and an Online Training Course have been uploaded as well.

01/28/2015
Dr. Corey has made us aware of an online death investigation training course that may be beneficial to many of our coroners and deputy coroners.

A BASIC death investigation training course is available, FREE OF CHARGE, until September, 2016.  This is entirely ON-LINE and may be taken in modular fashion.  Three modules are currently available for ABMDI credit, CME credit and a variety of POST, EMS credits.

www.und.edu/death-investigation-training

The current modules are:

1)      Basics of Death Investigation:  Reviews the basics “29 Principles” of Death Investigation.  This is particularly targeted for rural and part-time investigators, although presents a fundamental review of the basics.

2)      Cultural Competency in Death Investigation and First Responders

3)      Mental Health First Aid for Death Investigators and First Responders

Soon to be added:

1)      “Medical School 101” for the Death Investigator:  Guide to basic terminology, disease and pathophysiology causing common natural deaths

2)      Advanced Topics in Death Investigation, including Child death investigation

3)      Forensic Pathology Basics for the Death Investigator.

These are all free until September, 2016 and offer CE credits.  All are on-line and modular in format, allowing education at your own pace, any time.


More information and registration at:

www.und.edu/death-investigation-training

01/27/2015

With the November election there are now several new faces around the Kentucky Coroner Investigator community, and that means it is time to update the Master Coroner Database on the Front page of the website.

All new Coroners and Deputy Coroners attending the Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator course in Frankfort on Feb. 2-6, 2015 will be providing contact information for their Offices. As soon as we collect that new information an updated Master Database list will be uploaded.

 

01/27/2015
The 2015 Kentucky Coroner's Association Annual Conference is fast approaching, being April 28-30, 2015. Information has been placed on the Front page of the website regarding Conference Registration and Room Reservations, as well as applications for membership in the Association.

Be sure to note deadlines for applications regarding Career Development and special rates for room reservations.

01/14/2015
The 2014 Mandatory Training materials have been placed on the Forensic Library page. You must select and click on each section in order to observe and read the material. After reading all 5 sections complete Form 101 and fax to the DOCJT training section to receive credit.

12/30/2014

Per KRS Statutes, virutally all newly elected Coroners and Deputy Coroners must enroll in and pass the examination for the 40 hour Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator course provided by the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

For the year 2015, following and election year there are two courses scheduled early in the year. Both courses are scheduled during February 2-6 and February 23-27th, and will be offered in the classroom at the Kentucky State medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort, KY. To enroll in these courses a Form 29-1 must be submitted to DOCJT Registration in advance.

As for the rest of the 2015 Training Opportunities, as we have dates and subject matter confirmed we will add them to this page and the Training page.

12/24/2024
Now that updates can now be done, I can now inform everyone that a technical glitch has prevented me from accessing and updating the website for over a month now. However the issue has been found and resolved as of today's date. There is much needing to be adding to the website with new coroners and deputy coroners  coming on, a new Training Schedule for 2015, new Training opportunities, Office if the Chief Medical Examiner announcements, etc. We will get all of these added as soon as possible!

Thanks!

11/05/2014

                                                                 Only 2 Training Days Left!!

Electronic Death Reporting Becoming Mandatory

System Users Encouraged to Prepare for Upcoming Changes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2014) -

  Coroners, funeral home personnel, physicians and others responsible for the registration of death certificates will soon be required to electronically file information needed to complete death certificates, using the Kentucky Electronic Death Registration System (KY-EDRS). The change will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, phasing out the paper-based system currently used by the Office of Vital Statistics in conjunction with electronic reporting. The transition to exclusive electronic filing, mandated by state law, is anticipated to speed the process, while maintaining the accuracy and security of the records.

KY-EDRS was designed several years ago, giving users the option to file records electronically while others could continue to use the original, paper-based reporting system if they preferred. Electronic reporting was mandated following the passage of Senate Bill 52 during the 2013 General Assembly. The state death registry is a crucial piece of our work of modernizing the Office of Vital Statistics, and we have enrolled many enthusiastic users across the state,” said Stephanie Mayfield, M.D., commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “Those who have been relying on the old, paper-based system need to be aware of the upcoming change over to the electronic, web-based system. While this represents a transition in process for those who submit death information, the electronic death registry dramatically improves our death reporting system and the speed with which we are able to serve Kentuckians.” KY-EDRS is a free and secure web-based application. With KY-EDRS, funeral directors,  physicians, coroners and any other medical certifier will be able to complete their portion of the death registration process faster, more efficiently and with fewer errors. Currently there are 404 funeral facilities, 81 coroners’ offices and 40 medical facilities signed on and using the KY-EDRS. As of June 2014, 56 percent of all Kentucky death certificates were filed using the KY-EDRS.

To be granted access to the electronic system, users must contact Vital Statistics to create an account. Those who have not created an account are encouraged to do so well in advance of the Jan. 1 deadline to avoid delays or disruptions to the system. While the switch to electronic reporting represents a significant change for many users, KY-EDRS offers numerous benefits that will make reporting easier and faster.  “KY-EDRS saves time and effort by enabling death certificate completion electronically,” said State Registrar Paul Royce.  “Death data registration is greatly improved because the system incorporates edits, minimizes errors, and enables communication between funeral directors and medical certifiers. The efficiency of KY-EDRS far outweighs the previous paper-based system.” “We’re asking for the help of all parties involved in death registration to make the switch now, if they haven’t already done so, in order to smooth the transition,” said Royce.

While KY-EDRS training is not mandatory for participation in the online system, funeral directors and medical certifiers may find it helpful to take part in face-to-face training sessions offered on how to register and file death certificates electronically. Scheduled classes are available on Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.  All sessions are conducted from 9 to 11 a.m. (EST).  Training will take place at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the CHR Building located at 275 East Main St., Frankfort. To register, call the Office of Vital Statistics at (866)451-3781 and a representative will assist. Additional information is available on the KY-EDRS website http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/KY-EDRS.htm

The electronic version of the release is posted here http://chfs.ky.gov/news/Deathreporting14.htm, if you prefer to share electronically. Thanks!

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.

Beth Crace Fisher
Public Information Officer
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
275 E. Main St., 5C-A
Frankfort, KY 40621
(502) 564-6786 ext. 3101
Fax: (502) 564-0274

09/29/2014

Under HB 1, you are required, by statute, to report drug-related deaths to the KSP and Vital Statistics.

If your case has been examined by a Kentucky Medical Examiner, this is already done for you.

If you submit a toxicology sample without an autopsy being conducted, the State Chief Medical Examinerwill review all AIT toxicology reports. If that review indicates it may be a drug-related death, you will receive a request for a copy of the death certificate.

If you provide the State Medical Examiner with the death certificate, we will report the case for you. If we receive no response, you will be responsible for reporting the case to KSP and Vital Statistics.
08/28/2014

In Calendar Year 2013, according to preliminary data from the Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's coroners and deputy coroners conducted 9,400 death investigations across the Commonwealth. As part of those investigations, coroners requested services from the State Medical Examiner's Office in 2,385 of those cases, or 25.3% of all deaths. This compares to:

Calendar Year 2012 with 9,912 coroner death investigations and 2,402 autopsies
Calendar Year 2011 with 9,282 coroner death investigations and 2,378 autopsies
Calendar Year 2010 with 9,566 coroner death investigations and 2,452 autopsies
Calendar Year 2009 with 8,953 coroner death investigations and 2,373 autopsies.

 

08/26/2014

Six Kentucky Coroners and Deputy Coroners recently sat for examination and successfully received their professional certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI). They are:

Fayette County- Coroner Gary Ginn, Deputy Coroners Albert Beatty, Micheal Durbin, Miles White II, Onda Shea Willis
Boone County- Deputy Coroner Elizabeth Rittinger

Other certificants from Kentucky include Fayette County Deputy Coroners John Cox, Claire Dixon-Conder, and John McCarty; Boyd County Coroner Mark Hammond, Deputy Coroner Ralph Beadle, DMD, and Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks.

The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) is a voluntary national, not-for-profit, independent professional certification board that has been established to promote the highest standards of practice for medicolegal death investigators. It is accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board. 

Purposes of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators®:

  • To encourage adherence to high standards of professional practice and ethical conduct when performing medicolegal death investigations.
  • To recognize qualified individuals who have voluntarily applied for basic and advanced levels of professional certification.
  • To grant and issue certificates to individuals who have demonstrated their mastery of investigational techniques and who have successfully completed rigorous examination of their knowledge and skills in the field of medicolegal death investigation.
  • To maintain a listing of individuals granted ABMDI certification.
  • To recertify individuals every five years according to established professional recertification criteria, including continuing education requirements and work verification.

08/26/2014

Remember the January 1, 2015 deadline!
Only 4 Training Sessions remaining!

This is a reminder that, with the January 1, 2015 deadline approaching for all death certificates to be filed electronically, the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics is offering two-hour funeral facility training and medical certifier face-to-face training sessions on how to register and file death certificates through the use of KY-EDRS. The following training dates are currently scheduled: 

Sept. 10, 2014              Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Oct.   08, 2014             Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Nov.  12, 2014              Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT
Dec.  10, 2014              Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EDT

We suggest not waiting until the last one or two classes in case those classes fill up. Training will take place at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the CHR Building located at 275 East Main, Frankfort, Ky. Though KY-EDRS training is not mandatory for participation, certifiers may find it helpful to take part in one of these face to face training sessions with OVS staff. Please call toll free 1 (866) 451-3781 to enroll.

Over 50% of death certificates are now being filed using KY-EDRS. Please remember, according to OVS staff, the venerable traditional paper death certificate WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED starting in 2015. You have only 4 training classes left to choose from.

08/21/2014
Added a new training opportunity to the Training Page  and a new document in the Forensic Library outlining Drug-Related Deaths in the United States.

Free Training for Law Enforcement Officials!
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) has a few free sponsorship slots available for any KY Coroner or Deputy Coroner to attend the 18th Annual Kids are Worth It! Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville on September 8-9, 2014. Free transportation and lodging are available through a grant from the Justice Assistance Grant Funding program. Training Topics Provided by National Presenters Include:

 *   Prevention and response to child sexual exploitation

 *   Documenting and photographing suspicious injuries in children

 *   Death scene investigations

 *   Best practices in child sexual abuse investigations

 *   Child Neglect

Click HERE-Kids are Worth It! for registration and further information

06/23/2014

The class scheduled in Owensboro for June 24-25 has been canceled due to low participation, Those of you that had signed up for this class should review the remaining classes on the training calender and reschedule.

05/11/2014

Look for photos from the 2014 Coroner's Conference here soon!

04/14/2014

The Kentucky Coroner's Association will be holding our Annual Conference April 23-26, 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Louisville Airport, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Kentucky. Please note this is a change from the Hurstbourne Lane location where we have been for several years.

If you are attending the Conference for the annual training requirement remember to submit Form #29-1 with DOCJT in advance.

If you have questions please feel free to contact President Bill Lee, Executive Secretary/Treasurer Brian Ritchie, or David Jones.

Program Lineup:

KY-EDRS Electronic Death Registration Update
              Paul Royce, Deena Jones, Christina Stewart

Advancements in Medicolegal Death Investigation
              John Fudenberg, D-ABMDI, Asst. Director/Coroner
              Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner, Las Vegas, NV

KASPER Update for KY Coroners
               Jill E. Lee, R.Ph., Drug Enforcement and Professional Practices

Current Topics in KY Death Investigations
               Dr. Tracey Corey, KY State Chief Medical Examiner

Ethics for KY Coroners
               John R. Steffen, Executive Branch Ethics Commission

Why Child Fatality Review is important for your Community

                Melissa Curie. M.D., Sherry Rock, MPH

Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning
                Andrea Zaferes, V.P. of LIFEGUARD Systems

Decisions on Muhlenburg Fire Deaths
                Tony Armour, Dr. Greg Wanger, Dr. Bill Lee

Obtaining Dental Records for Positive I.D.
                 Corky Deaton, KY Forensic Odontologist

What happened to the 6,000 people who died in Typhoon Haian in the Philippines
                 David Jones, KY Medical Examiner/Coroner Consultant

 

03/04/2014

The Kentucky Coroner's Association has open positions on its Board of Directors. Bonded and sworn Coroners and/or Deputy Coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for open positions on the Association Board of Directors should submit a letter stating their interest to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrencburg, KY. 40342 on or prior to April 05, 2014.
 
Also, the Kentucky Coroner's Association position of Executive Secretary/Treasurer will be elected by majority vote at the General Membership meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Any active coroner/deputy coroner, associate member, or anyone with knowledge and understanding of the Kentucky Coroner's Association may apply for the position.  The position is a yearly contracted position and applicants need to submit their nomination to the nominating committee through President William H. Lee, D.M.D., P.O.Box 427, Elizabethtown, KY. 42701  on or prior to April 5, 2014.

01/30/2014
In Calendar Year 2012, according to preliminary data from the Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's coroners and deputy coroners conducted 9,912 death investigations across the Commonwealth. This represents a 10.7% increase in coroner investigations since 2009. As part of those investigations, coroners requested services from the State Medical Examiner's Office in 2,402 of those cases, or 24.2% of all deaths. This compares Calendar Year 2011 with 9,282 death investigations and 2,378 autopsies, Calendar Year 2010 with 9,566 coroner death investigations and 2,452 autopsies, and Calendar Year 2009 with 8,953 coroner death investigations and 2,373 autopsies.

01/13/2014

Warren County Deputy Coroner Harold Hanson Dies

Harold Sanson, Jr., age 69, longtime Warren County Deputy Coroner, died Saturday, January 11, 2014.
 
He was retired from the Lord Corporation and was a Licensed Funeral Director for J.C. Kirby and Son Funeral Chapels. He has served as a Warren County Deputy Coroner since 1984, first for J.C. Kirby and then Kevin Kirby. He was a graduate of Alvaton High School, member of Beech Grove General Baptist Church, Goshen Lodge #503. Harold loved to fish, enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports, and was an avid Western Kentucky University Basketball Fan.
 
Survivors include his wife of 50 years: Loretta Smith Sanson of Bowling Green; daughters: Karen Sanson Taylor and husband Jerry of Scottsville, Kim Sanson Baxter of Bowling Green; and son: Kevin Sanson of Bowling Green; grandchildren: Clint Brown, Tanner Baxter, Shea Sanson, Emily Whitaker, and Jake Sanson of Bowling Green; as well as several nieces and nephews.
 
Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. Monday and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the J.C. Kirby and Son Broadway Chapel. Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral chapel. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel with burial to follow in the Bowling Green Gardens.

01/10/2014

The 2014 Kentucky Coroners and Deputy Coroners DOCJT Training Schedule in now listed on the Training page.

2011-2013 Announcements

08/22/2013

The Morehead training class "Crime Scene Investigation- Coroners" has been rescheduled to the dates of  10/22/13-10/23/2013. The course number is 053C-12J. This class was canceled from 08/04/13-08/05/2013.

08/04/2013

We have learned that Lew Nugent's mother (Virginia Clarke) passed away this weekend. As most of you know, Lew is our coordinating instructor from DOCJT and provides an invaluable service to the training needs of Coroners and Deputy Coroners across Kentucky.

For those Coroners wishing to pay their respects to Lew in person, the family will be receiving friends from 4-7 pm this evening at Pearson's Funeral Home in Louisville. Services will be at 10 am on Tuesday August 6th.

In connection with the passing of Lew's mom, the training
course scheduled for this week in Morehead has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

 

07/20/2013

Here is obituary information for Mason County Coroner Robert Brothers:

Robert G. Brothers, 73, of Maysville died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. He was born in Carlisle, Kentucky on July 9, 1940 the son of the late Maurice Glenn and Wilma Perry Brothers. Mr. Brothers graduated from Maysville High School, Eastern Kentucky State College, and the Kentucky School of Embalming. He formerly worked for Porter and Clay Funeral Home, and later founded with his parents, the Brothers Funeral Home. Mr. Brothers later merged the Brothers Funeral Home with the Knox Funeral Home in 1980 forming the Knox and Brothers Funeral Home, which joined the Keystone Group of Funeral Homes in 1997 and is now currently owned by Service Corporation International since 2010. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, The Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, Kentucky State Coroner's Association where he earned the title of "Master Corner" and Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a past board member of Tennessee Walking Horse Owners Association and The Walking Horse Commission. He served in the US Army Reserves and was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Brothers has served as the Mason County Coroner since 1999 and had previously served as Coroner in the early 1960's.He is survived by his wife Vicki Highley Brothers; two daughters, Cynthia (Doug) Wulfekamp of Maysville, KY and Dr. Shawn B. (Jim) Williams of Taylorsville, KY; two sons, Jacob L. (Holly) Pendleton of Evansville, IN and Russ C. (Chasity) Pendleton of Frankfort, KY; ; five grandchildren, Shelbie Wulfekamp, Kaelin Stout, Jack Pendleton, Mason Pendleton and William Christopher Pendleton; one sister, Sue B. Mayo of Maysville; two brothers, Glenn (Bobbi) Brothers of Maysville, KY and James (Kay) Brothers of Pine Knoll, NC. Funeral services Robert G. Brothers will be held at the Fields Auditorium, Maysville Community and Technical College at 3 PM, Monday, July 22, 2013 with Reverend Kenneth Simpson officiating. Visitation will be held at the Fields Auditorium, MCTC on Monday from noon until the hour of the service. A private interment will be held at the Maysville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holly's House, PO Box 4125, Evansville, IN 47724.

 

07/19/2013

With sadness we announce the death of long-time Mason County Coroner Robert "Bob" Brothers. Bob suffered a massive heart attack on Sunday, July 14 and had been in stable but critical condition since Sunday.

As soon as we have funeral arrangements we will post them here.

 

04/18/2013

The 2013 Coroners Master Directory on the FRONT page has been updated. It now contains the contact information for the County Coroner only, and we should be more effective in keeping that information up-to-date.

04/17/2013

Under HB 1, you are required, by statute, to report drug-related deaths to the KSP and Vital Statistics.

If your case has been examined by a Kentucky Medical Examiner, this is already done for you.

If you submit a toxicology sample without an autopsy being conducted, the State Chief Medical Examinerwill review all AIT toxicology reports. If that review indicates it may be a drug-related death, you will receive a request for a copy of the death certificate.

If you provide the State Medical Examiner with the death certificate, we will report the case for you. If we receive no response, you will be responsible for reporting the case to KSP and Vital Statistics.

 

04/17/2013

RTI International, in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice,provides free on-line continuing education in subjects such as death investigation, crime scene investigation, SUIDI investigations, forensic toxicology and much more. For Coroner Investigators current material available include:

Administrative Management of a Coroners (MDI) Office
Advanced Medical Imaging in Medicolegal Death Investigations
Death Investigations in the Elderly
How to be a good Expert Witness
Investigating Sudden Death: Cause of Death Scenarios that Mimic One Another
Recreational Asphyxia- Chemical
Recreational Asphyxia- Mechanical
CODIS for Missing Persons: Using DNA for Identification of Remains

To look at or sign up for any of these courses, go to www.forensiced.org , click register for online forensic courses, click training, select Medicolegal Death Investigation.

03/27/2013

Governor Beshear signed Senate Bill 52 on March 12, 2013. This law requires that all death certificates in Kentucky are to be filed electronically through the KY-EDRS system beginning January 01, 2015. This affects funeral homes, physicians, and coroners.

03/27/2013

The 46th Annual Kentucky Coroner's Conference is just around the corner on April 16-19,2013. Kentucky Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Tracey Corey, the State Medical Examiner's Office, KCA Secretary/Treasurer Brian Ritchie, and your KCA Board of Directors have worked hard to provide a quality opportunity for training and fellowship at this years Conference. Keep in mind that most of these topics will be presented this year only!

Some of the presentations include:

"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me"
             
Dr. Gregory Wanger- KY Medical Examiner- Madisonville Office

"Heroin in Kentucky"
           Dr. Tracey Corey- Kentucky Chief Medical Examiner

"Update on House Bill 1"
           Van Ingram- Executive Director of ODCP

"Heroin in Kentucky- A Law Enforcement Perspective"
           Detective Mike Halbeib

"Why Child Fatality Review is Important for your Community"
           Susan H. Pollack, MD, FAAP, Sherry Rock, MPH

"Cases from Hardin County, KY"
             
Dr. Bill Lee- Hardin County Coroner

"Comparing Coroner/M.E. Programs of Mississippi and Kentucky
           Dr. Mark LeVaughn

"Electronic Death Registration System"
           Christina S. Stewart- Administrative Branch Manager, Office of Vital Statistics

"Interesting Cases from Ohio"
              
Dr. Bill Ralston, Chief Deputy Coroner, Hamilton Co. Ohio

"Death in Custody"
           Dr. W. Ashton Ennis, Pathologist II with the Philadelphia M.E. Office

"U.K Body Bequeathal Program and Coroners"
           Gary Ginn, Coordinator and Fayette County County Coroner

"Mystery of the Dreamcaster"
              
Forrest Hicks, Wayne County Coroner

"I Think I May Have Been Here Before"
             
David Jones- Kentucky Coroner/M.E. Consultant

"Some of the Problems Coroner's Have in Other States"
              
David Jones- Kentucky Coroner/M.E. Consultant

03/27/2013

With Eric White's departure from AIT Labs, here are some important contact information you may find useful:

Lori Hicks
Client Development Manager
Direct/Fax: (317)715-8921

Cory Maryan
Business Unit Manager
Direct/Fax: (317)713-6402

Forensic Client Services
(800)875-3894


01/31/2013
The 2013 Coroners Training Schedule has been updated with course numbers and is now complete.

01/31/2013
We regret to announce the death of former Fayette County Coroner Dennis Penn, who died Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Dr. Penn practiced pediatrics in Lexington for 35 years and had served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Central Baptist, St. Joseph, Good Samaritan, and Shriner's Children's hospitals in Lexington. He served two years as assistant to Fayette County Coroner and then served as Fayette County Coroner from 1990-2002. During his service, he was instrumental in starting a program to prevent teen suicide named Stop Youth Suicide. He was a navy veteran of WWII, serving in the South Pacific. He was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Brenda Watson Penn, four children, and eleven grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 4-8 PM at Milward Man-0-War  in Lexington. Funeral services will be 12:30am Saturday at the Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY.

01/30/2013
STANTON - Carl Wells Sr, 80, husband of Virginia Prewitt Wells, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013, at his home. He was born May 25, 1932 in Perry County, Kentucky, the son of the late William H. and Scytha Drake Wells. On March 29, 1952, he married Virginia Dare Prewitt in Hazard, Kentucky and from that union had two sons, Paul Wayne Wells and Carl Wells, Jr. In January of 1956, he received his Funeral Director's License from the Kentucky Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors and in May of 1961 he graduated from Kentucky School of Embalming. He truly loved his community and dedicated his life to serving the needs of his fellow Powell Countians through the Wells Funeral Home and Wells Ambulance Service. He also served as Powell County Coroner for forty four years. He was a member and deacon of Stanton Christian Church, longtime member of Stanton and Clay City Lions Clubs, member and Past Master of Stanton Masonic Lodge F&AM 352, member of the Oleika Shrine Temple of Lexington and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star. He was a charter member of both the Powell County Flying Club and Beechfork Golf Club and was a former Boy Scout Leader of Troop #351. He also served on the Powell County Board of Directors of Whitaker Bank. Survivors include; wife of 60 years, Virginia Prewitt Wells; son, Carl Wells, Jr.; grandchildren, Joshua Wells, Stanton, Megan and husband, David Davis, Stanton, Heather and husband, Shannon Combs, Richmond, and Rebecca Wells, Stanton; great-grandchildren, Josh Davis, Virginia "Jenna" Davis, Grant Wells, Whitley Combs, and Braeden Combs; sister, Catherine Pennington, Hazard; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Funeral services will be held at 1pm Friday, January 25, 2013, at the former Wells Funeral Home, 375 West College Avenue, Stanton. Visitation Wednesday and Thursday after 4pm with Masonic services on Thursday. Burial will be in the Stanton Cemetery. 

01/17/2013

For those coroner and deputy coroner investigators needing to take the Coroner's Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course, it has been scheduled for February 11-15, 2013 at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort. Be sure to get your Form 29-1 submitted to DOCJT as soon as possible! A complete listing of the 2013 Training Schedule is now posted on the Coroner Training page.

12/02/2012

Mother and Grandmother of Simpson County Coroner and Deputy Coroners passes away

Helen Vance Crafton, age 87, of Franklin, KY., passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Medical Center in Franklin. She was the mother of Simpson County Coroner Gary Crafton, Simpson County Deputy Coroner Thomas Crafton, and grandmother of Simpson County Deputy Coroner Patrick Crafton.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 2, 2012 after 1 pm CST, (2 pm EST) in the chapel of Crafton Funeral Home in Franklin. Funeral Services will be Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11 am CST, (Noon EST) in the chapel of Crafton Funeral Home in Franklin, KY.

Our sincere condolences to her family and all the members of the Simpson County Coroner's Office.

 

11/28/2012

We are sad to announce the passing of former Scott County Coroner Marvin Yocum.

Marvin Seay Yocum, age 82, husband of Dorothy Yocum, passed away on November 26, 2012 at his home. He retired as owner of Tucker-Yocum-Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown, KY. where he was a Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 20 years. He was a member of Georgetown Baptist Church, former President of the Kiwanis Club, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, former owner of Georgetown Monument Company, as well as a retired Scott County Coroner.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy, children Steven Yocum and Sandra Hatton, 1 brother-Morris Yocum, 2 sister Margaret Sexton and Mildren Yates, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from Noon-2:30 PM in the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will also be Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at Tucker-Yocum-Wilson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Georgetown Baptist Church. 

 

10/16/2012

A question has come up recently concerning the new continuing education requirements from the Kentucky State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, and whether the State Board will still accept our Kentucky Coroners/Deputy Coroners mandatory training in meeting those funeral director continuing education requirements.

In a recent letter from the State Board to Kentucky Coroner's Association Executive Secretary Brian Ritchie, the Board has re-affirmed that our yearly mandatory training requirement will satisfy the funeral director continuing education requirement in full.

A copy of that letter can be viewed here:Funeral Director Continuing Education

09/05/2012
On behalf of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, and all coroners and deputy coroners across Kentucky, we extend our deepest sympathy to Association President Jimmy Pollard on the passing of his mother. Her obituary is as follows: 

Minnie (Atchison) Pollard, age 87 of Pleasureville, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Masonic Home of Shelbyville, surrounded by her loving family.  Daughter of the late Elmer and Clara Belle (Terrell) Atchison, she was a homemaker and a member of Pleasureville United Methodist Church.   Minnie was an avid seamstress. She loved to quilt and do all sorts of needle point. She also enjoyed china painting.

She is survived by a son- Jimmy Pollard and his wife Debbie of Pleasureville, Ky.; a daughter: Shirley Robinson of Gainsville, FL.; 2 brothers-Charles Atchison of Shelbyville, Ky. and Marvin Atchison of Smithfield Ky.; 2 Grandsons: Joey Pollard and Josh Merritt; and several Step-Grandchildren and Step-Great-Grandchildren.

She is was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Pollard, two brothers, Ray and Owen Atchison; and her son-in-law, Elwyn Robinson.  

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 after 5 PM in the chapel of Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Pleasureville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Pleasureville United Methodist Church.

08/30/2012
According to Christina Stewart, Administrative Branch Manager for the Office of Vital Statistics, the KY-EDRS system is becoming more and more popular with coroners offices across the state. Nearly half of the coroners offices across the state now using electronic death registration as their primary method of registration. In the month of July, 36% of all death certificates were filed electronically. These numbers continue to rise with each passing month.

The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics offers funeral facility training and medical certifier face-to-face training sessions on how to register and file death certificates through the use of KY-EDRS. The following training dates are currently scheduled:
 
September 12, 2012   Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
October 10, 2012       Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
November 14, 2012    Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
December 12, 2012    Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
January 9, 2013         Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
February 13, 2013      Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
March 13, 2013         Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
April 10, 2013           Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST
June 12, 2013           Wednesday 9-11 a.m. EST


The Office of Vital Statistics offers two-hour training sessions that are available to all funeral facility staff, medical certifiers and medical certifier assistants. Training will take place at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the CHR Building located at 275 East Main, Frankfort, Ky. Though KY-EDRS training is not mandatory for participation, certifiers may find it helpful to take part in one of these face to face training sessions with OVS staff. Please call toll free 1 (866) 451-3781 to enroll.

08/28/2012

Autopsy Form Letter 2012

08/02/2012
According to preliminary data received from the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's Coroners and Deputy Coroners conducted 9,282 medicolegal death investigations across the state in 2011. The State Medical Examiner's Office was requested to perform autopsies in 2,378 of those deaths, or in approximately 25.6% of all medicolegal death investigations.

Today also added the 2011 Kentucky ME Office Annual Report to the Forensic Library.

07/13/2012
Have created a new page highlighting photos from the 2012 Kentucky Coroner's Conference. There are more photos to come.

07/10/2012
A death investigator with the Torrance County, New Mexico Medical Examiner's Office was injured while responding to investigate a fatality auto accident. His vehicle was struck from behind at the scene and rolled at least once from the impact. The local TV news crew caught the incident on tape. It is a reminder of the hazards our coroners and deputy coroners are exposed to during the performance of our duties. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

07/08/2012
At last count, the Coroner's Office Administration course scheduled for July 24-25 has only 9 persons signed up for the class. If you have any interest in signing up for the course, you are encouraged to sign up right away in order to avoid the course being canceled for this year.

06/26/2012
Just got word of two new DOCJT Training Courses. September 11-12, 2012 a course on Forensic Pathology will be taught in Louisville, and October 30-31,2012 a course on Child Death Investigations will be conducted at General Butler SRP in Carrollton. Please refer to the Coroner Training page for additonal information.

06/12/2012
Added two new documents to the Forensic Library. One is a 3-page document titled "Dissemination of Public Information in Medicolegal Investigations"; the other is a document of 21 pages titled "Principles for Communicating with Next of Kin during Medicolegal Death Investigations".

03/14/2012
The CORONERS MASTER DIRECTORY is now back up and running on the FRONT page. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.

02/27/2012

The Kentucky Coroner's Association has open positions on its Board of Directors. Bonded and sworn Coroners and/or Deputy Coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for open positions on the Association Board of Directors should submit a letter stating their interest to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrencburg, KY. 40342 on or prior to April 1, 2012.
 
Also, the Kentucky Coroner's Association position of Executive Secretary/Treasurer will be elected by majority vote at the General Membership meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Any active coroner/deputy coroner, associate member, or anyone with knowledge and understanding of the Kentucky Coroner's Association may apply for the position.  The position is a yearly contracted position and applicants need to submit their nomination to the nominating committee through President Jimmy Pollard, 771 Main Street, Pleasureville, KY 40057.  jmypollard@yahoo.com on or prior to April 1, 2012.

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 


02/24/2012
Below you will find the agenda for the 45th Annual Kentucky Coroner's Conference. It is also listed on the Front Page. If you haven't made early registration and motel reservations we encourage you to get that task done right away!

"Death Investigation Case Notes: A review of several death investigations including the Caylee Anthony case, along with a look inside the dramatization of a case for TV."
Steve Hanson, Chief Investigator(retired), for the District 9 Medical Examiner's Office, Orlando, Florida

Electronic Death Certificates- Update
Office of Vital Statistics

"Why Child Fatality Review is important for your community"
Teddy Slone, MPH
Child Fatality Review/Injury Prevention, Health Program Administrator
Child and Family Health Improvement Branch

"Mechanism of Drowning and the Use of Search Dogs"
Dr. Barbara Weakley-Jones, Jefferson County Coroner

"Infection Control"
Tao Martinez, ArchAngels Bio Recovery Inc., Illinios

"Fire Death Investigations"
Major Henry Ott, Louisville Fire Depaprtment

"Narcotic Pills and Meth Labs in Kentucky"
"How can Coroners and Law Enforcement work together to fight this epidemic?"
Bret Kirkland, KSP Detective/Drug Enforcement Special Investigations East Branch

"Patterns of Injury and Evidence"
Dr. Tracey Corey, KY Chief Medical Examiner

"Current Trends in Postmortem Toxicology"
Josh Gunn, Ph.D, Forensic Toxicologist AIT Labs

02/18/2012


Long-time Floyd County Coroner Roger Nelson died Friday, February 17, 2012 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, WV. at the age of 62 years. He was a retired Coroner and current Deputy Coroner of Floyd County, Former President of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, Pi Sigma Eta, Member of Board of Directors of Left Beaver Rescue Squad, Member of Odd Fellows, NRA, Kentucky Peace Officers Association, Kentucky Colonel, and Owner of Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife Sandra; two sons- Roger Gene Nelson II of Prestonsburg and Gregory Scott Nelson of Dwale, Ky.; 1 daughter- Christina Leigh Nelson (John) Goble of Martin, Ky.; 1 brother, 2 sisters, and 5 grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Monday, February 20, 2012 after 6 PM at the funeral home in Martin, Ky. and all day on Tuesday, Februaury 21, 2012. Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 1 PM at Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home in Martin, Ky.

02/16/2012
The 2012 Training Schedule has been updated and is complete as of today's date.

Also, keep in mind that it will soon be time for the 45th Annual Kentucky Coroner's Association Conference! This year's conference will be held April 17-20, 2012 at the Holiday Inn- Hurstbourne in Louisvlle, Kentucky. To make reservations please call 502-426-2600 prior to March 29th to get the conference room rate of $84.00 (Ask for Block Code AKC). Make your reservation ASAP!

Below you will find applications for Conference registration and 2012 KCA Annual Dues. Coroners and Deputy Coroners may take the conference training annually for credit with DOCJT (remember you must submit form #29-1 to DOCJT prior to the conference date).

2012 Kentucky Coroners Conference Registration

2012 Kentucky Coroners Association Annual Dues

We are planning an exciting agenda which will include Steve Hanson, Chief Investigator for the Orlando/ Orange County, FL Medical Examiners Office. Steve was the lead death investigator in the Casey Anthony case. Once complete the conference agenda will be posted here on the website.

Those applying for Career Development Awards (Advanced or Master Coroner) need to submit their information to Brian Ritchie by March 20, 2012. The requirements are posted on the Career Development page.

01/26/2012
The 2012 Training Schedule for the 40 hour Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course at  Saint Louis University School of Medicine has been added to the Training page.

01/26/2012
The 2012 Coroner's Training Schedule is now listed on the Training page.

01/20/2012
For those coroner and deputy coroner investigators needing to take the Coroner's Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course, it has been scheduled for February 20-24, 2012 at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort. Be sure to get your Form 29-1 submitted to DOCJT as soon as possible! A complete listing of the 2012 Training Schedule will be placed on the Coroner Training page in the near future.

01/20/2012
The Coroner's Directory Database on the Front page is now back online. 

01/04/2012

We regret to inform you of the death of former five term Elliott County Coroner Carl H. Eldridge.

Carl H. Eldridge, age 63, of Bayou Lane, Salt Lick ,Ky., passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at his residence. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War from 1968-1970 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was an EMT with the Elliott County EMS during the 70's and served five terms as Elliott County Coroner. He was a 1992 honor graduate of Mid-America College of Mortuary Science and was a member of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity. A former employee of Lewis and Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook, Henderson Funeral Home in Olive Hill, and Sparks Funeral Home in Grayson, Ky. Carl founded the Eldridge Funeral Home in Sandy Hook in 1994.

Survivors include two sons- Jonathan (Heather) Eldridge of Morehead, and Joshua Eldridge of Sandy Hook; their mother Patricia; a brother- Robert Eldridge, Jr. of Magnolia, Ky.; and two sisters- Wilma Hutchinson of Sandy Hook and Charlotte Morgan of Fairborn, Ohio. 

Visitation will be Friday, January 6, 2012 from 9-11 AM at Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals in Morehead, Ky. Funeral services will also be Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11 AM at Northcutt and Son. Burial will follow in the Eldridge Family Cemetery  in Sandy Hook, Ky.

01/02/2012
The Coroners Directory Database is currently down and unavailable. We are working with the State IT people to find the problem and will have it fixed as soon as possible.

01/02/2012
It is not too early to begin planning to attend the 45th Annual Kentucky Coroners Conference on April 17-20, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. For registration and dues renewal forms please see the Front page.

12/19/2011
We regret to announce the death of former Harlan County Coroner Joe Mahan. Mr. Mahan, age 73, of Harlan, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 17th at VA Hospital in Lexington, Ky. He was a US Army Veteran and a Kentucky Funeral Director and Embalmer. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Rich Funeral Home in Harlan. Visitation will begin after 11:30 AM on Tuesday until the funeral time.

11/11/2011
The Kentucky State Coroner/Medical Examiner Incident Response Team recently conducted training at the State Medical Examiner Facility in Frankfort. The delivery of four inflatable shelters along with associated lighting, climate control, and generator units required familiarization and training of the TEAM members in the setup and potential uses for the equipment. A new 24 person MERC cooling unit was also introduced, and the Equipment and Command Post trailers from across the state were brought in to update and add new equipment and supplies to their inventory.

11/10/2011
As issues may come up from time to time regarding coroners and KODA, some of our Coroners and Deputy Coroners may not be familiar with the specific KRS statutes that address the issue. You will find a link to the statute here at KRS Organ Donation Statute.  This will also be posted in the Forensic Library section

11/10/2011
The link to the 2011 Kentucky Coroner Master Database on the FRONT PAGE has been updated as of 11/01/2011.

11/02/2011
According to data received from the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's Coroners and Deputy Coroners conducted 9,566 death investigations across the state in 2010, with the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office assisting in 2,452 investigations, or 25.6% of these cases. This compares with 8,953 death investigations in 2009, with the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office assisting in 2,373 investigations, or 26.5% of these cases. This data represents an increase of almost 7% in the workload of Kentucky's coroner death investigators from 2009 to 2010, and a 3.3% increase in workload for the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office in the same time period. 

10/19/2011
Have recently added four more articles to the Forensic Library. They are:
2010 Kentucky State Medical Examiner Annual Report
SIDS- Sleep-Related Deaths
NAME SUIDI Investigations
NAME Mass Fatality Plan 2011 (Updated)

10/09/2011
Added two new documents to the Forensic Library, one being the NAME 2011 Mass Fatality plan, and the other os the NAME paper for SUIDI Death Investigations. This brings the Forensic Library up to 27 documents with 707 pages of information, along with 4 videos totaling 121 minutes. Have 1 more video to add to the library that is about 1 hour in length to be added in a few days.

09/26/2011
For those of you still needing to sign up for Electronic Death Certificate Registration, here is some additional information for you:

REF:               Kentucky Electronic Death Registration System (KY-EDRS) trainings.
FROM:           Paul F. Royce, Kentucky State Registrar 
paul.royce@ky.gov
 
The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics (OVS) is pleased to announce that we are now offering face-to-face training sessions on how to register and file death certificates through the new KY-EDRS. 
 
The following training dates are currently scheduled with more to come:
October 13, 2011        Thursday         9:00 – 11:00
November 9, 2011      Wednesday     9:00 – 11:00
December 14, 2011    Wednesday     9:00 – 11:00
January 11, 2012        Wednesday     9:00 – 11:00
February 8, 2012        Wednesday     9:00 – 11:00
March 14, 2012           Wednesday     9:00 – 11:00
April 11, 2012              Wednesday     9:00 – 11:00
 
These two-hour training sessions are available to all medical certifiers and medical certifier assistants.  Trainings will take place at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services located at 275 East Main, Frankfort, Kentucky. 
 
Though KY-EDRS training is not mandatory for medical certifiers or assistants to participate in the on-line system, certifiers may find it helpful to take part in one of these face to face trainings with OVS staff.  Please call 1-866-451-3781 to enroll.
 
The KY-Electronic Death Registration System (KY-EDRS) is a web-based system allowing funeral homes and medical certifiers to complete certificates of death electronically in our new web-based application for on-line submission to the Office of Vital Statistics (OVS). 
 
Benefits of the KY-EDRS are:
·         Saves time and effort by enabling death certificate completion electronically.
·         Incorporates edits for enhanced accuracy in completing death certificates. 
·         Improves the timeliness and quality of death data.
·         Improves fraud prevention by causing electronic authentication of medical certifiers.
KY-EDRS is available to all Kentucky medical certifiers and funeral homes.
 
If a medical facility, medical certifier or medical certifier assistant is interested in becoming an active participant, please contact the Office of Vital Statistics at 866-451-3781. 
 

08/27/2011
We are sad to report the passing of Joe Kelly and Joe Grantham:

Joseph O. Kelly, age 84, of Frankfort, KY., passed away on Tuesday, August 23,2011 at his home in Marion, Indiana. He was a long-time funeral director and Franklin County Deputy Coroner, serving four generations including Coroners Michael L. Harrod and William C. Harrod until his retirement. He was an active church deacon, sunday school teacher, and Gideon International member. Services were held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Crestwood Baptist Church in Frankfort.

Jonathan "Joe" Grantham(seen at left with David Jones), age 42, of Wiggins, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011 in Wiggins. Joe served as Division Director of the State Medical Examiner's Office from 2003-2004. He was selected to replace retiring Division Director David Jones. Joe began his career as a medical examiner investigator for the Lafayette County Medical Examiner's Office in MIssissippi. He later received an associate degree in chemistry in 1988, and completed coursework in the Forensic Science Program at the University of Mississippi in 1996. Before coming to Kentucky he was the chief medical examiner investigator for the Brown and Door County Medical Examiner's Office in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was Board Certified with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Services were held at 11 AM Saturday in Wiggins, Mississippi at Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins. 

08/11/2011
An additional training class has been added to the DOCJT training curriculum for 2011. Mass Fatality Response will be held November 1-2, 2011 in Owensboro at the Daviess County Public Works Building on Hwy. 81. This course is a prerequisite for  new members wishing to serve on the Kentucky Coroner/Medical Examiner Incident Response Team.

07/08/2011
Governor Steve Beshear signs House Bill 34 into law, which will take effect June 8, 2011. 

Full text of HB34


Standing from left to right behind Gov. Beshear (Consultant John Cooper, Henry County Coroner James Pollard, Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt, Scott County Coroner John Goble, State Rep. Marie Rader)

06/19/2011
Added two new Job Opportunities on the Front page.
(1) A Forensic Investigator position is open in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland. Application deadline in July 11, 2011. Salary range is $28,434-$44,520.
(2) A Chief Investigator position is open in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. No application deadline was listed. Salary range is $48,000-$55,000.

06/19/2011
Added information on the Front page and in the Forensic Library regarding the KRS statute that address organ donation between coroners and KODA.

04/30/2011
The State Medical Examiner's Office has asked us to address the issue of submitting lab samples for toxicology with the coroners. A growing number of coroners are submitting these items with missing barcode labels on vials and/or missing signatures. These have been processed up until now in the interest of minimal delays in your getting test results. However, any future samples submitted will be delayed in obtaining test results without the required documentation. Please double check your documentation before packaging! 

04/28/2011
We are sad to report the death of former McCreary County Coroner Milford Creekmore. He passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at the Saint Mary's of Scott County Hospital in Oneida, Tennessee. He was 59 years of age.

He was McCreary County Coroner for 9 years, and a Deputy Coroner for 9 years. He was also a licensed funeral director, rescue squad member, Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star member, and served his community on numerous boards and positions.

Survivors include 2 sons- Milford Burl Creekmore II and Ethelbert Burl Creekmore, 2 daughters- Rebecca Ann Jones and Opal Marie New, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends after 6 PM EDT on Thursday, April 28th at McCreary County Funeral Home in Whitley City, Ky. Funeral services will be Friday, April 29th at 2 PM EDT in the funeral home chapel. 

04/15/2011
Dr. Corey has asked that the following information be distributed to all Kentucky Coroners regarding a potential child choking hazard.

This is in reference to a recall of Monkeez and Friends wrist rattles and baby booties made by Midwest-CBK on Union City, Tennessee. They are made of knitted yarn and have a monkey head and a pom-pom attached, all in multiple color combinations. The recall is based on a report of the pom-pom detaching from the wrist rattle resulting in a potential choking hazard for infants. More than 10,000 wrist rattles and 11,000 pairs of baby booties have been sold in the U.S.

For more information and pictures of the items go HERE

03/24/2011
Added a photo on the Front page of Governor Beshear signing House Bill 34 allowing coroners and coroners to operate emergency lights and sirens with the permission of their local governing authority. The full text of HB34, which takes effect June 8, 2011, is also available as a link.

3/21/2011
We are sad to report the death of Lee County Deputy Coroner Clayton Edward Spencer. Deputy Spencer died March 19, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. after a long fight with cancer. He was 57 years of age and was the husband of Phyllis Sue Napier Spencer. He had served many years in law enforcement as a police officer, former coroner and current deputy coroner. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 6-9 PM at Newnam Funeral Home in Beatyville, KY. Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the funeral home chapel.

03/18/2011
Have added a new training opportunity to the Training Page in the ONLINE Training section.

(SUIDI) Sudden, Unexplained Infant Deaths Investigation: Death Scene Re-creation
NAME (the National Association of Medical Examiners), in association with RTI International, has produced a Web-based training course for coroners and other medicolegal death scene investigators.

This SUIDI module will be a live web-based course scheduled for 2 PM (EDT) on May 10th, 2011 and will be repeated on June 14th also at 2 PM (EDT). It will be presented by subject matter expert Kathleen Diebold-Hargrave. This course will review the goals of the death scene investigator, including how to conduct a thorough death scene re-creation and how to explain the re-enactment process to the family member/caregiver. This couse is being offered free-of-charge and will take app. 90 minutes. Documentation of attendance will be provided. Sign up at https://forensiced.org/alltraining.htm

03/11/2011
Have added the agenda for the 44th Annual Kentucky Coroner's Conference to the listing on the Front Page. It is also listed below. If you haven't made early registration and motel reservations we encourage you to get that task done right away!

 

03/10/2011
Have added a Coroner Homicide Investigations class in Louisville on Sept. 7-8, 2011. This was on the final calendar I received from Lew at DOCJT, but was inadvertently left off the website listing.

02/21/2011
The Kentucky Coroner's Association has open positions on its Board of Directors. Bonded and sworn Coroners and/or Deputy Coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for open positions on the Association Board of Directors should submit a letter stating their interest to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrencburg, KY. 40342 on or prior to April 1, 2011.

02/15/2011
Added a new job opportunity in Sarasota, Florida to the Front page.

Position:
Medical Examiner Investigator- Entry Level
Location:
District 12 Medical Examiner's Office
Sarasota, Florida
Salary Range:
$35,000-$40,000 negotiable, plus benefits
Job Description:
The position is that of a full-time medicolegal death investigator in an office with an app. yearly workload of 1400 investigations, including 680 autopsies and 250 external examinations. The investigator will perform process duties related to conducting medicolegal death investigations.
Education and Experience:
A minimum of an Associate's degree in biological or physical science. forensic sciences, criminal justice, or a related field is required (a Bachelor's degree is preferred). The ideal candidate will have a background in forensic anthropology, nursing, paramedical response, or law enforcement; or will have experience conducting death-related investigations or pathological assistant duties.
Contact Information:
District 12 ME Office
Attn: David Winterhalter, F-ABMDI
Sarasota, Florida
(941)361-6909
The position will remain open until filled

02/09/2011
Added a new training opportunity to the Training Page under the Non-DOCJT section. The 2011 Spring Continuing Education for Forensic Professionals Program will be held March 28-April 2, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. This is sponsored by West Virginia University and the National Institute of Justice. The courses are FREE, the lodging is FREE, and for the first 100 people to register they will also pay for your flight or pre-approved mileage to New Orleans. For more information see the Training Page.

01/24/2011
Have updated the 2011 Coroners Master Directory on the Front Page. This is the most up-to-date information as of today.

01/24/201
Added a new training opportunity to the Training Page under the Non-DOCJT training section. The Masters 14 Conference in Saint Louis will be held July 25-28, 2011. For more information see the Training Page.

01/19/2011 (IMPORTANT!!)
The 2011 Kentucky Coroners training schedule is put up on the Coroner Training page. Be sure to sign up early as some of these classes fill up quickly due to popularity and/or limited class size. For those of you who waited until the last minute in 2010, note that the last class in 2011 is the same as last year. REMEMBER- that class won't count toward your mandatory training hours again for three years! You will need to pick an earlier class to get your hours!

01/17/2011
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Front Page today. Opening for a Deputy Medical Examiner(Medicolegal Death Investigator) in Clackmas County, Oregon (Portland area) Salary Range is $46,324-$59,300. See the Job Opportunity section for more information.

01/14/2011
Added a new form to the Forms page titled "Kentucky Medical Examiner Brochure". This is for those instances where you wish to provide information to a family on the various services of the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office.

01/13/2011
It is not too early to begin planning to attend the 44th Annual Kentucky Coroners Conference on April 20-22, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. For registration and dues renewal forms please see the Front page.

01/01/2011

David Jones, who was the Executive Director of the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office from 1972 to 2002 has been appointed the Medical Examiner/Coroner Liason Consultant. David will begin his duties on January 3, 2011. He will be working out of the Frankfort Medical Examiner's Office.

Any coroner or deputy coroner needing assistance or wanting information regarding the operation of the coroner office can contact David by calling: (502)564-4545, (502)545-2709, (502-223-3055, or email at: dwjones @fewpb.net.

David said that he is glad to be working with the coroners and medical examiners again.

2008-2010 Announcements

12/29/2010
IMPORTANT REMINDER!!!
In the event of all child deaths under the age of 18 years, a Child Fatality Reporting Form is required to be submitted to DPH. You will find this form already listed on the FORMS page, with the submitting instructions approximately one-third of the way down the first page of the document.

12/28/2010
We are sad to report the death of former Shelby County Coroner Tommy Sampson. For more information please see the FRONT Page.

12/06/2010
Added the 2008 and 2009 Annual Reports from the Office of the Kentucky State Medical Examiner in the Forensic Library. This brings the Library up to 4 videos totaling 121 minutes, and 24 articles totaling 536 pages.

12/03/2010
Dr. Tracey Corey has announced that the FBI will be providing Anthropology Consultative Services to Kentucky's Medical Examiners and Coroners. To request forensic anthropology services in your death investigations you need to coordinate the request through your regional ME office. 

11/29/2010
Updated the 2011 Training Schedule for the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Forensic Pathology Division. This 5 day course is being offered in 2011 beginning the weeks of January 10, March 14, and August 15 respectively.

11/23/2010
Congratulations go out to the Caldwell County Coroner's office for recent upgrades to their offices and vehicle fleet! Coroner Dewayne Trafford recently acquired a surplus ambulance that has been converted into a coroner's investigation unit. Coroner Trafford and his staff also have recently moved into a new office in the Caldwell County courthouse on the main floor.

11/21/2010
Added information about the upcoming 2011 40 hour Coroners Basic Training courses to the Front Page. These courses will be January 17-21 and March 21-25, 2011 respectively at the State Medical Examiner Facility in Frankfort.

10/21/2010
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Front Page. A position of Medicolegal Death Investigator in Nashville, Tennessee. Salary is listed as $37,000 minimum.

09/27/2010
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Front Page. A position for a full-time Forensic Investigator in the District Five Medical Examiner's Office in Leesburg, Florida. Starting salary is $40,000 or above plus benefits, commensurate with level of education and benefits.

09/22/2010
Added some new information to the Front Page regarding the number of death investigations that coroners conducted across the Commonwealth in 2009, as well as the number of cases where services were requested from the State Medical Examiner's Office. Coroners and Deputy Coroners in 2009 conducted almost 9,000 death investigations, and requested services from the State Medical Examiner's Office in 2,373 cases, or approximately 26% of all cases.

08/26/2010
Made one new addition to the Forensic Library today. This is a 51 minute video titled "Pandemics, Epidemics, and Earthquakes" featuring Mark Malcolm, the full-time coroner of Little Rock, Arkansas for nearly 20 years, discussing new mass fatality preparation and planning. Enjoy!

08/25/2010
Have three new additions to the Forensic Library today, and these are our first videos in the library. Botany, Bugs, and the Art of Forensic Science Part One is a 25 minute presentation on Forensic Entomology, Part Two is a 19 minute video on Forensic Botany, and Part Three is a 26 minute video on Forensic Anthropology. Enjoy!

08/23/2010
Executive Director Mike Wilder was laid off from the State Medical Examiner's Office effective Friday, August 20, 2010 reportedly due to budget cuts. For more information please see the Front page.

08/17/2010 IMPORTANT!
To those of you who are scheduled for the Homicide Investigations class in Louisville, be aware that the dates have been changed to September 8th and 9th. It was the 7th and 8th but rescheduled due to the statewide furlough plan. 

08/05/2010
Added 2 new Full-Time Job Opportunities to the Front Page today, both in Manassas, Virginia. Salary schedule is $43,000-$48,000 each. For more information see the Front Page.

08/03/2010
Added a new Full-Time Job Opportunity in Reno, Nevada to the Front Page. Salary Schedule is $62,379-$81,057. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the front page. 

08/02/2010
Long-time Caldwell County Coroner and Master Coroner Eddie Pennington announced his retirement effective July 31, 2010. For more information see the Front page.

07/23/2010
Added a notice on the Front Page announcing Dr. Emily Craig's retirement as of November 30, 2010. For more information see the Front Page.  During the time between now and November 30 I hope you will take the opportunity to express your appreciation to Dr. Craig for all she has done for us here in Kentucky!

07/23/2010
Added a new Full-Time Job Opportunity to the Front Page today. A position as a Medicolegal Investigator with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington, D.C. Salary Range is $92,048-$118,598. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.

07/17/2010
Highlights and photos from the 2010 Kentucky Coroners Conference are now available on the Front Page of the website. Look for the blue tab "2010 Kentucky Coroners Conference". Enjoy!

07/13/2010
Added a new job opportunity to the front page today. A position as Forensic Investigator 1 with the District One Medical Examiner Office in Pensacola, Florida. Salary schedule is $32,240-$33,218 per year. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.

07/02/2010
Added two new Job Opportunities to the front page today, both positions as with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. These Part-Time Positions will average 20 hours per week with a salary range of $19.69-$21.50 per hour with no benefits. For more information go to the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.

06/28/2010
Added a new Job Opportunity to the front page today, a position in Youngstown, Ohio with a salary of $24,000. Deadline to apply is July 16, 2010.

Also, remember the Dr. Baden presentation scheduled for Wednesday, June 30th, at the FDAK Conference in Louisville.

06/16/2010
Added a new Job Opportunity to the front page today, our first Kentucky job opportunity since this website was started. A position for a Forensic Autopsy Technician for the Frankfort ME office is posted with a closing date of 06/24/2010. Salary schedule is a Pay Grade 11, being $26,483.04-$35,080.56. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.

06/10/2010
Added a new resource to the Forensic Resources page. Unclaimedpersons.org will assist the coroner or medical examiner in trying to locate next of kin or any other family members for your unclaimed bodies. They represent over 400 volunteer genealogists willing to help locate next-of-kin. For more information see the Forensic Resources page.

06/04/2010
Added a new training opportunity to the Non-DOCJT section of the Training Page. The 37th Annual New England Seminar in Forensic Sciences will be held August 8-12, 2010 on the campus of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Our own Professor Gregory J. Davis, M.D. from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine and the State Medical Examiner's Office is one of the Co-Directors of the Seminar. For more information see the Training Page.

06/03/2010
Added a new training opportunity to the Non-DOCJT section of the Training Page. Dr. Michael Baden will be a guest speaker at the FDAK State Convention on June 30, 2010. A reduced registration fee of $35 is being offered for Kentucky Coroners and Deputy Coroners to attend. For more information see the Training Page.

05/30/2010
Daryl French, one of the autopsy technicians operating out of the Frankfort ME Office, has resigned effective 05/28/2010. If we receive any job opportunity information we will post it in the Job Opportunity  section on the Front Page.

05/18/2010
Added 3 new articles to the Forensic Library today. Two are 1-page forensic diagrams, male and female respectively. These will be handy for documentation during your postmortem exams(also included them on the Forms page). The third article is titled "The Medicolegal Death Investigator" by Deputy Coroner Emil Moldovan of the L.A. Coroner's Office.

05/18/2010
Added two more job opportunites to the Front Page. One is in the Hillsboro County Medical Examiner's Office in Tampa, Florida with a salary range of $31,512.00 to $50,044. The other is in the Macon County Medical Examiner's Office in Dry Branch, Georgia with a salary range of $32,418.30 to $49,028.40 per year.

05/11/2010
Added two new job opportunites to the Front Page. One is in Orlando, Florida with a salary range of
$33,904 to $42,786. The other is in Leesburg, Florida with a salary of $40,000 plus.

04/20/2010
Added a new training opportunity to the Non-DOCJT section of the Training Page. Introduction to Natural Death Surge Planning and Response. This 2-day course is sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Public Health,  will be held  May 4-5 in Frankfort, June 14-15 in Bowling Green, and June 28-29 in Morehead. Cost is free. 

04/13/2010
Added a new training opportunity to the Non-DOCJT Section on the Training Page. The 37th Annual Florida Medical Examiners Educational Conference will be held July 28-30, 2010. The Conference is open for ME's, Coroners, Law Enforcement, Lawers, and Forensic Medicine Students. For more information see the Training Page.

04/09/2010
Added a new subject to the Forensic Library titled "HIPAA Exemption for Coroners". This document is in the form of a sample letter containing information you might use when requesting medical records from a medical provider.

04/07/2010
The Agenda for the Kentucky Coroners Conference, April 20-23, 2010 is now posted on the Front Page for all to see. It will be an exciting and educational experience, and it will be the only time this material will be presented. See You There!

04/01/2010
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Home Page. This is for an Investigator position with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the Front Page.

03/26/2010
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Home Page. This is for a Medical Investigator position with the Snohomish County ME Office in Everett, Washington. Salary listed is $53,460-$64,956 plus benefits. Application deadline is April 7, 2010.

03/18/2010
Added a new Non-DOCJT Training Opportunity for the 23rd Annual Forensic Anthropology Conference at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia. For more information see the Training Page.

03/18/2010
Added a new Online Training Opportunity to the Training Page. The University of Florida now offers an online Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation course through their Department of Anthropology and the University of Edinburgh College of Medicine. This program is approved for 15 college credit hours. Upon completion of this program the student will receive a University of Florida Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation. For more information see the Training Page.

03/18/2010
Added an additional resource for Crime and Trauma Scene Cleanup- ICON Environmental Group LLC. For more information see the Forensic Resources Page.

03/12/2010
Added a new Job Opportunity to the front page. The Office of the District 21 Medical Examiner in Fort Myers, Florida is seeking applicants for the position of a Forensic Investigator(Medicolegal Death Investigator). The Office covers Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties. For more information see the Job Opportunity section on the front page.

03/03/2010
It is time to begin making plans to attend the 43rd Annual Kentucky Coroners Conference in Lousiville, KY. April 20-23, 2010. We will post agenda and subject matter as soon as it is avvailable. Remember that if you are attending and wish to receive credit for your continuing education hours, you must sign up in advance with DOCJT Registration.

03/02/2010
Added a new subject in the Forensic Library section titled "Expert Witness; Effective Courtroom Testimony".

Also upgraded the 2010 Coroners Master Directory on the Front Page. It is now in a more attractive format, and contains contact information for all deputy coroners as well as coroners. It is a much large file, but all is still listed alphabetically by county name. Thanks to Brian Ritchie and Deanna Douthitt for their work on this.

02/19/2010
Added a Non-DOCJT Training Opportunity in Indianapolis, Indiana on the 4th Annual Indiana WMD Preparedness and Anti-Terrorism Conference. Dates are April 27-29, 2010. See the Training Page for more information.

02/19/2010
Training Date Change !
Please note that the date for Coroners Firearms training has been rescheduled from 10/7-8 to 10/21-22. This change has been made to avoid conflict with the World Equestrian Games.

02/12/2010
Added a new Job Opportunity to the Home Page. A Death Investigator position in Kansas City, Missouri is available. No salary description is listed, but more information can be found on the Home Page.

01/13/2010
The 2010 Kentucky Coroners Training Schedule has been added to the Training Page. We don't have course numbers yet but as soon as we have them they will be added to the list.

12/22/2009
Added two new Job Opportunities to the Front Page. The first listed is the Hamilton County Coroner's Office in Cincinnati is looking for a full-time Coroner Investigator, with salary range from $39,184 to
$53,303 per year. The 2nd is a full-time Death Investigator (titled Deputy Medical Examiner) position in Hillsboro, Washington Co., Oregon with a salary range of $48,000 to $58,332 per year.

12/13/2009
We are sad to announce the death of former Bourbon County Coroner Mason Hart Forsythe, who passed away on December 7, 2009 from cancer. For more information see the obituary listed on the Front Page.

12/10/2009
Added a new job opportunity to the Front Page. It is a Staff Forensic Investigator position working for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland. Salary Range is $28,800-$43,407 per year.

11/27/2009
An important new H1N1 Reporting Guideline has been added to the Front Page. All Coroners and Deputy Coroners are asked to report all confirmed H1N1 coroner cases to T.J. Sugg at Tennis.Sugg@ky.gov

T.J. is a Deputy Coroner in Scott County and an Epidemiology Coordinator with the Cabinet for Health Services. He will add your case to a new database that will soon be viewable to coroners and others through a secure on-line network.

11/25/2009
Added a new job opportunity to the Front Page. This is a Medical/Legal Investigator position with the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

11/17/2009
Added a new job opportunity to the Front Page. This is a Medico-Legal Investigator I position with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston, Mass.

11/10/2009
Added Dr. Emily Craig's Osteology Handbook to the "Forensic Library" page. Reprinted by permission of Dr. Craig, and submitted by Harlan County Coroner Philip Bianchi.

10/28/2009
Added a new topic in the "Forensic Library" page titled Novel H1N1 Influenza (Swine Influenza) Guidance for Coroners, This document was received from the Kentucky Department of Public Health just this afternoon. It is intended to assist coroners in conducting death investigations into potential H1N1 cases. Considering the times it might be advantageous to print off a copy and keep in your investigation case.

10/28/2009
We are sad to report the death of Nicholas County Coroner Bill Clark. For more information please see the frint page of the website.

10/20/2009
Added a new "How Would You Rule This Case?" to the Front Page of the website.

10/20/2009
Today the Kentucky Coroners Association introduces a new page called "Forensic Resources". Located on the Left-Hand column at the bottom, this page is designed to assist Kentucky Coroners with contact information for providers of equipment, supplies, or services that coroners may need in the performance of their duties.

09/25/2009
A new 'How Would You Rule This Case?" has been added to the front page in the the right hand column. Put your thinking caps on and consider your ruling if this was your case.

09/24/2009 Donald "Donnie" V. Oakley, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009.  Donnie was the president of Wood-Oakley Funeral Home, Mayor of Milton, and a long time deputy coroner in Trible County.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 in Milton, KY.

09/23/2009 Walter C. "Tub" Hopper, Jr. of Barbourville, a former long time coroner of Knox County, died September 22, 2009.  Mr. Hopper was a Past President and former Board member of the Kentucky State Coroner's Association.  He was a W.W. II veteran, past President of FDAK, current KFDBA board member, founder and co-owner of Knox Funeral Home in Barbourville.  Visitation is Saturday, Sept. 26th from 4 - 9 PM followed by funeral service 2 PM Sunday, Sept. 27th at Knox Funeral Home in Barbourville. 

09/23/2009
Today the Kentucky Coroners Association introduces a new page titled "Forensic Library". Located on the Left Hand column, this page is intended to provide information for coroners to study and reference topics that are relevant to your death investigations. This library of information is NOT intended to substitute for classroom training, but it should be viewed as a supplement on a variety of topics that we hope you will find useful. We will be adding more titles to the Library in the future.

If you like this new feature of the Association website, please feel free to let your Officers and the Board of Directors know. They work hard on behalf of the coroners and deputy coroners across Kentucky, and would welcome your feedback.

09/18/2009

** Coroners and/or deputies coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for an open position on the association board of directors should submit their name in writing to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 on or prior to November 16, 2009

 

09/18/2009

** Any legislation related to Coroners needs to be presented to the Kentucky State Coroner's Association Legislative Committee before it is proposed.  You may contact Chairman, Jimmy Pollard of Henry County, John Goble of Scott County, or Brian Ritchie, Ex. Sec. of Anderson County. 

09/15/2009
Added info on the front page about the the "new" last training class for 2009. This will definitely be your last chance!

09/04/2009
Updated the training comment on the front page to reflect a last minute class to be offered in December. For more information see the front page.

08/27/2009
It has been a while since we had checked the statistics as to how many people were visiting the Association webpage, so we checked today. WOW!!! the results were something, to say the least. In June 2008 we had 1,227 visitors, or about 40 per day. June 2009 recorded 2,331 visitors, almost 78 per day. So far in 2009 we have recorded 14,319 visitors to the website.

08/25/2009
Added an Employment Opportunity in Kansas City. There are now 2 job positions posted on the front page.

08/24/2009
Added an Employment Opportunity box to the right-hand column on the front page of the website. While full-time job opportunities for coroners in Kentucky are limited, we receive information on opportunities out-of-state on a fairly regular basis. As we receive these we will will post them on the front page.

08/14/2009
Added a notice on the front page of the website about Bill Demrow's upcoming resignation as Lincoln County Coroner, and subsequent appointment as Lincoln County Judge-Executive.

The training notice on the front page has also been updated will new information about the new Mandatory Training CD dur to arrive on or about September 15th.

08/04/2009
Added a small box on the right side of the Home page titled "How Would You Rule this Case". This is an actual death investigator case that was recently emailed to me, and I thought it had some merits to consider. We will update the case occasionally.

07/14/2009
For those coroners attending the Office Administration class in Owensboro JUly 28-29, parking in the area of the training will require a permit. Permits can be picked up in the classroom before training begins, and are to be hung from the rear view mirror of your vehicle.

07/07/2009
The remaining Coroner Training Courses for 2009 are full or nearly so. If you have not signed up for your mandatory training you are strongly encouraged to do so today. See the special notice on the front page for more information!

07/03/2009
Added a new training opportunity on the Training Page in the Non-DOCJT section. It is regarding an NTSB course entitled: Transportation Disaster Response- Mass Fatality Incidents for Medicolegal Professionals.

07/01/2009
Added info on the front page regarding Master 13 Conference in Saint Louis 07/26-07/31.

Added a note about Dr. Corey's presentation to the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners 11/2/09-11/6/09.

06/17/2009
Added two new Non-DOCJT training courses to the Training Page. The 74th Annual Kentucky Peace Officers Association Conference July 19-22, 2009, and the 43rd Annual National Assocation of Medical Examiners September 11-16, 2009. For more information see the Training Page.

05/30/2009
Added a new training course on the Training Page under Non-DOCJT course. The 36th Annual New England Seminar in Forensic Sciences dated August 9-13, 2009. This conference is co-directed by one of our own- Dr. Greg Davis of the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office and Professor of Pathology at the University of Kentucky. For more information see the Training Page.

05/12/2009
We are sad to report the death of former Knox County Coroner Jerry Wayne Garland. For more information see the front page of the website.

04/02/2009
Clark County Coroner Robert Gayheart is reported to have suffered a stroke on Wednesday, April 1, and is in UK Medical Center in Lexington. We are unsure of his condition at this time, but will update this page as soon as we have more information.

03/16/2009
Here are some of the topics that will be presented during the upcoming Kentucky Coroners Conference:
1. The D.C. Sniper cases
2. A.I.T. Laboratory presentation
3. Information on the newly developed Coroner 
    HAZ-MAT Team
4. A special presentation by David Jones
5. Presentation on the new Firearms Training
    Simulator
6. Case presentations from several Kentucky
    Coroners and Medical Examiners
    
We hope that those of you attending for the first time will find the 2009 Coroners Conference to be an enjoyable and positive learning experience, and for those of you returning again, WELCOME BACK! 

02/10/2009
Make plans to attend the annual Kentucky Coroners Conference April 21-24, 2009. Specific information as to class schedule and course topics will be sent out soon.

02/02/2009
The 2009 DOCJT Training List has been added to the TRAINING page. Two new courses have been added to this year's curriculum; (1) A new Fire Death Investigations course in Morehead and, (2) A new Elder Abuse Death Investigation course at Lake Barkley. See the TRAINING page for more information.

01/31/2009
ATTENTION ALL KENTUCKY CORONERS!!!
Dr. Emily Craig is requesting that all Kentucky coroners that have investigating recent winter storm-related deaths to please contact her as soon as possible. Your information on these cases is urgently needed in order to document an accurate number of winter storm-related deaths across Kentucky these past several days!

01/19/2009
We are sad to announce the death of former long-time Fayette County Coroner CHESTER L. HAGER. For complete information please see the front page of the website.

12/8/2008
As you may or may not be aware, AIT has changed carriers for shipping. Beginning December 1, UPS is now the shipper for AIT. By now everyone should have received a supply of shipping labels and packaging supplies, along with a letter explaining the shipping instructions. IF NOT please give customer service at AIT a call. Your new shipping labels should be pre-printed with the coroner's office address on the return portion of the label. The lable should be pre-addressed to AIT. If not please call Mike Wilder to let him know.

Please note the following changes in procedures:

1. Since the pre-printed labels are addressed to AIT, 
    you will no longer need to send them to the
    Central Lab in Frankfort. They can go directly to AIT.

2. Mike Wilder will need a copy of the Toxicology 
    analysis form. This form is enclosed in the 
    specimen box that contains the information
    pertaining to the case and the tests requested.
    Since the form is only in duplicate, you will need to
    make a copy of this form and fax to Mike Wilder's
    office. The next forms will be in triplicate. AIT
    WILL NOT DO ANY TESTING UNTIL THE FORM HAS
    BEEN RECEIVED IN MIKE'S OFFICE. This will serve
    as our tracking mechanism for specimens. YOU
    NO LONGER NEED TO SUBMIT THE TOXICOLOGY
    REFERRAL FORM TO MIKE'S OFFICE.

3. The only tests performed on coroner cases will be
    the Drugs of Abuse panel, 900 in the list.If you
    have concerns about additional testing please
    call Mike Wilder's office for clarification. Please
    check only this test when filling out the request
    form. PLEASE DISCONTINUE TO USE THE
    KENTUCKY TESTING KITS, USE ONLY THE AIT KITS
    FOR SPECIMENS. YOU MAY DISCARD THEM AND
    KEEP THE NEEDLES AND SYRINGES.

4. Each Coroner's Office will be receiving new analysis
    forms that are pre-printed with each county on the
    form. This will help in billing as well as tracking.
    AIT has asked that you include as much info as
    possible on the form as needed and also that the
    form is signed at the bottom by either the coroner
    or deputy coroner.

5. Each coroner needs to share this information with
    your deputies and make sure the address listed
    in the most recent directory is correct. This is the 
    address that AIT uses to ship supplies and mail
    results. If it is not correct please notify AIT and
    the Frankfort ME office immediately.

Please feel free to call Mike Wilder, Dr. Corey, or Eric
White (AIT rep) with any questions or concerns.

10/25/2008
Added a new training workshop to the "Training Page" under Non-DOCJT courses. "Serial Murder" will be presented on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. See the "Training Page" for more details.

10/15/2008
We are starting to receive information on training opportunities for next year. A new class for 2009 has been added to the Non-DOCJT course list on the Coroner Training page. New classes will be added as we receive that information.

10/01/2008
We have added a new page to the left-hand column titled "2008 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Disaster Drill". This page gives a brief description of the exercise and the Incident Response Team, and includes several photos of the event.

09/30/2008
Executive Secretary Brian Ritchie spoke on September 16, 2008 at a proclamation for Child Safety at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Brian testified this past spring in support of the recent "Booster Seat" law that was enacted into law. With Gov. Beshear, Dr. Susan Pollock, and Chuck Geveden with KY Highway Safety in attendance, Brian shared his experience with the accident involving his daughter Lauren and how the booster seat saved her life.

09/03/2008
To those members of the State Coroners/Medical Examiners Mass Fatality Team, remember the upcoming mock disaster exercise scheduled for Thursday, 

 

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