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Franklin County coroner to buy body cooler

There are 40 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jun 8, 2011, titled Franklin County coroner to buy body cooler. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

After more than a decade of trying, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner is finally getting a body cooler.

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Embedded Citizen

Hagerstown, MD

#21 Jun 8, 2011
Most of time, he has run unopposed.
Get over it.
soclibfiscon wrote:
Why do Republicans keep voting this guy into office? Please, stop. A real leader would have demanded the appropriate supplies a long time ago!
Bre

York, PA

#22 Jun 8, 2011
Qwerty wrote:
It's rather inconceivable to me that the coroner doesn't already have a body cooler. It seems like such a basic piece of equipment for the job.
But then again, his office is in his house. And that seems equally bass ackwards.
Isn't this 2011? Don't we have higher expectations of our public servants than this?
I agree, I also thought the coroner already had a cooler.Seems to me he has been saving money for years by not upgrading....or there is more of a need now.
dominate

Gardners, PA

#23 Jun 8, 2011
Anon wrote:
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What is the matter with you people? You obviously don't understand the first thing about the Coroner's job, but your green-eyed jealosy is unmistakeable. Since this body cooler will be placed at the funeral home, your comments about his having something big enough to store his lunch or his medicines show that you're clueless but posting personal attacks on the Coroner because you have nothing else to say. Read the article closer - it says that stretchers can be wheeled into the bottom 4 berths; another poster thinks that he could have just bought a "large freezer". I'm sure that if a member of that person's family passed away, he would be screaming bloody murder and claiming disrespect of the deceased if he just stuffed that memeber into a "large freezer".
well said
Go Figure

Chambersburg, PA

#24 Jun 8, 2011
I understand he's been trying to get the county to allow him to purchase one for the past five years.
dominate

Gardners, PA

#25 Jun 8, 2011
Embedded Citizen wrote:
Most of time, he has run unopposed.
Get over it.
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Conner is the best and always has been. it's ashame this county ( franklin ) has not provided him with a proper forensic's office/building in the town of chambersburg let alone a body cooler. yet when called, he is there night or day no matter the time, for the community and it's dearly departed family members when death occures whether natural or by horrendous or accidental means. such ashame he has to work out of a funeral home but i thank God for the graciousness of the one chosen to award him space to do so plus pay the electric bill. shame on you town councel and chamber of commerse of chambersburg for allowing this to happen when all u apparently think about is putting up hotels all over chbg. put conner in one of the newly risen medical buildings and give him a coroners/forensic's office. it's well over due
sweeeeet

Carlisle, PA

#26 Jun 8, 2011
now i have a place too store my booze! im likin it.
rod and reel

Chambersburg, PA

#27 Jun 8, 2011
I wish he would put it at his house. I live right down the road and need a place to hang my deer during warm hunting days.
Tired

Carlisle, PA

#28 Jun 8, 2011
Well it doesn't matter where he puts it, what he does, someone will have something to say about it!
Mike

Elizabethtown, PA

#30 Jun 8, 2011
Why doesn't the County buy and place a cooler in one of their building ?? Why in a private building??
They have an old empty jail for which the Commissioners have not decided a use ???
How it is

Chambersburg, PA

#32 Jun 8, 2011
Here is one issue that is connected to unprofessional facilities.

Report: Coroner records not always public

Bradford County appears to be one of the Pennsylvania counties which is not abiding by a state law that requires that coroners' records be stored at the county prothonotary's office.

Pennsylvania law requires county coroners' records to be readily available for public inspection but that is not always the case, a newspaper reported.

_Some county coroners keep records in their personal offices -- or even at their homes -- rather than at the prothonotary's office as stipulated by state law, the Public Opinion of Chambersburg reported in Saturday editions.

Under the state Coroner's Act, all county coroners are required each January to put their official records and papers for the previous year in the prothonotary's office "for the inspection of all persons interested therein."

Bradford County Prothonotary Sally Vaughn said that in the past, the Bradford County coroner's records had been filed with the county prothonotary's office.

But the filing of such records with the prothonotary's has not occurred in recent years, and for perhaps longer than that, she said.

"I've been prothonotary for almost four years, and nothing has been filed (with the prothonotary's office) in that time," Vaughn said.

Bradford County Commissioner Nancy Schrader said she was not aware of the problem, because no one has brought it to the commissioners' attention.

Attempts to reach Bradford County Coroner Gordon Farr for comment on Saturday evening were unsuccessful.

The Public Opinion of Chambersburg reported that Franklin County coroner Jeffrey Conner keeps the records in his home office, with the approval of prothonotary Linda Beard, and does not make them available for public inspection.

Beard said she has made Conner's office "an extension" of her office and has given him permission to keep his records there. In a letter, she told the paper that she has neither the space nor the resources to handle public requests to see those records.

Conner told the Public Opinion that he would not allow a reporter to come to his office but would respond to specific requests.

Melissa Bevan Melewsky, attorney for the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association, said Conner's position directly contradicts "the clear language and legislative intent of the Coroner's Act."

Melewsky said there is no legal precedent that permits Conner to keep official records at his home office. But it is a practice some other coroners follow.

Cumberland County coroner Mike Norris also keeps records at his own office instead of at the prothonotary's office. He said he does not open his records for public inspection, citing privacy concerns for the families of individuals whose deaths were investigated by his office.

Norris does provide an annual report, however, that lists statistics such as the number of cases handled in a year and a breakdown of the types of cases and causes of death.

Berks County coroner Dennis J. Hess keeps records at his office and provides statistics on his Web site of the deaths he investigates.

Dauphin County coroner Graham Hetrick gives his official records and papers to the prothonotary's office, where they are available for public inspection, according to a spokeswoman at that office.

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Staff writer James Loewenstein contributed to this report.
anon

Xenia, OH

#34 Jun 8, 2011
Mike wrote:
Why doesn't the County buy and place a cooler in one of their building ?? Why in a private building??
They have an old empty jail for which the Commissioners have not decided a use ???
Don't they have haunted houses there?

Actually, think about it - a body cooler at the haunted house could be pretty cool. Except the families of the deceased might have a problem with it..... ;-)
anon

Xenia, OH

#35 Jun 8, 2011
How it is wrote:
Here is one issue that is connected to unprofessional facilities.
Report: Coroner records not always public
Bradford County appears to be one of the Pennsylvania counties which is not abiding by a state law that requires that coroners' records be stored at the county prothonotary's office.
Pennsylvania law requires county coroners' records to be readily available for public inspection but that is not always the case, a newspaper reported.
_Some county coroners keep records in their personal offices -- or even at their homes -- rather than at the prothonotary's office as stipulated by state law, the Public Opinion of Chambersburg reported in Saturday editions.
Under the state Coroner's Act, all county coroners are required each January to put their official records and papers for the previous year in the prothonotary's office "for the inspection of all persons interested therein."
Bradford County Prothonotary Sally Vaughn said that in the past, the Bradford County coroner's records had been filed with the county prothonotary's office.
But the filing of such records with the prothonotary's has not occurred in recent years, and for perhaps longer than that, she said.
"I've been prothonotary for almost four years, and nothing has been filed (with the prothonotary's office) in that time," Vaughn said.
Bradford County Commissioner Nancy Schrader said she was not aware of the problem, because no one has brought it to the commissioners' attention.
Attempts to reach Bradford County Coroner Gordon Farr for comment on Saturday evening were unsuccessful.
The Public Opinion of Chambersburg reported that Franklin County coroner Jeffrey Conner keeps the records in his home office, with the approval of prothonotary Linda Beard, and does not make them available for public inspection.
Beard said she has made Conner's office "an extension" of her office and has given him permission to keep his records there. In a letter, she told the paper that she has neither the space nor the resources to handle public requests to see those records.
Conner told the Public Opinion that he would not allow a reporter to come to his office but would respond to specific requests.
Melissa Bevan Melewsky, attorney for the Pennsylvania Newspapers Association, said Conner's position directly contradicts "the clear language and legislative intent of the Coroner's Act."
Melewsky said there is no legal precedent that permits Conner to keep official records at his home office. But it is a practice some other coroners follow.
Cumberland County coroner Mike Norris also keeps records at his own office instead of at the prothonotary's office. He said he does not open his records for public inspection, citing privacy concerns for the families of individuals whose deaths were investigated by his office.
Norris does provide an annual report, however, that lists statistics such as the number of cases handled in a year and a breakdown of the types of cases and causes of death.
Berks County coroner Dennis J. Hess keeps records at his office and provides statistics on his Web site of the deaths he investigates.
Dauphin County coroner Graham Hetrick gives his official records and papers to the prothonotary's office, where they are available for public inspection, according to a spokeswoman at that office.
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Staff writer James Loewenstein contributed to this report.
Fine. So buy him a building. Your taxes will go up as a result, but don't complain - you wanted his files in a public place....
Out of date info

Pickerington, OH

#36 Jun 8, 2011
How it is.

If you don't work for the PO you should !!! Just like them you leave out important info to meet your needs.

Where is the date that goes with the article you print. About 3 years old would be my quess.

Since 2008 the Coroner has filed his records with the prothonotary.

Surprise. Surprise.
MrSilenceDogood

Mercersburg, PA

#37 Jun 8, 2011
soclibfiscon wrote:
Why do Republicans keep voting this guy into office? Please, stop. A real leader would have demanded the appropriate supplies a long time ago!
It's because he belongs to the RINO Coalition. This guy is an obnoxious fool who only keeps the job because nobody ever runs against him. He has no medical training at all! Shouldn't someone who does this job be a doctor or something?!
Anon

Pataskala, OH

#38 Jun 8, 2011
MrSilenceDogood wrote:
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It's because he belongs to the RINO Coalition. This guy is an obnoxious fool who only keeps the job because nobody ever runs against him. He has no medical training at all! Shouldn't someone who does this job be a doctor or something?!
So if you think you can do the job better, run against him. Isn't he up for re-election?
LIL JOHN

New Bloomfield, PA

#39 Jun 8, 2011
anon wrote:
<quoted text>
Fine. So buy him a building. Your taxes will go up as a result, but don't complain - you wanted his files in a public place....
What do you care you live in burnt cabins ''''Fulton County''''!
Anon

Pataskala, OH

#40 Jun 8, 2011
LIL JOHN wrote:
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What do you care you live in burnt cabins ''''Fulton County''''!
So? I work in Franklin County; I could pass away in Franklin County, and be cared for by the Franklin County Coroner. It's not where you live, but where you pass away that counts, fool.
LIL JOHN

New Bloomfield, PA

#41 Jun 8, 2011
Anon wrote:
<quoted text>
So? I work in Franklin County; I could pass away in Franklin County, and be cared for by the Franklin County Coroner. It's not where you live, but where you pass away that counts, fool.
What will it matter to you then?
Understanza

Mercersburg, PA

#42 Jun 8, 2011
I love living in the country.
Tired

Carlisle, PA

#43 Jun 9, 2011
MrSilenceDogood wrote:
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It's because he belongs to the RINO Coalition. This guy is an obnoxious fool who only keeps the job because nobody ever runs against him. He has no medical training at all! Shouldn't someone who does this job be a doctor or something?!
So how do you know he doesn't have any medical training? Why are you asking if the coroner should be a doctor or something, you portray that you already know it all! Why ask the question!

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