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A Look Behind the Scenes at the Coroner's Office with Joanne Richardson


Thursday October 27, 2016

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


Join Dr. Karen Wyatt as she welcomes her guest Joanne Richardson who is a retired County Coroner. Joanne spent 21 years of her career working as a coroner and shares her stories and insights into this unusual occupation, which most of us know primarily through movies and television.


In this interview you will learn:


The job description for a coroner

What inspired Joanne to pursue this career

The qualifications required to become a coroner

What happens when a coroner is called to the scene of a death

How and when the coroner might interact with hospice patients and families

What triggers an investigation into a death that occurs at home

Tips for end-of-life workers to help families avoid a coroner's investigation


Joanne Richardson MFS, EMT-P worked as a coroner for 21 years including three elected 4-year terms as the County Coroner in Summit County, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Health Services and was also trained as a Paramedic and Level 1 Peace Officer. She also received a Master's Degree in Forensic Science and Investigations and a Certificate in Bereavment Studies. During her time as a County Coroner she created guidelines and a procedures manual as well as training modules for her deputies. Her office earned accreditation by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. In retirement she is pursuing her hobbies of photography and fiction writing.

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