Plugging the Areas Draining the Life Out of You

Marriage and other inter-personal relationships are a hot topic in the work I do. In addition to being an author, speaker, and trainer I also inform and inspire as a business/life coach. I work with leaders and front-line people alike in the professional realm, but I also help them find more balance personally, which often leads to one-on-one work. Years ago, I identified something I call invisible drains. Best described as culprits in creating chaos, confusion, and conflict, these drains hinder human beings from enjoying a satisfying life, both professionally and personally. Invisible drains are simply those areas that drain

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What are you bringing home with you?

Do you ever really know what dangers you are bringing home with you after shift or after a call.  When we know or suspect something bad, we take precautions, but what about when we don’t know? While every scene is not ridden with biohazards, pathogens, methyl-ethyl contaminates, or bed bugs; death investigators and emergency personnel aren’t immune from encountering them and bringing them home. Consider this: You are called to a scene of a car accident where a pedestrian has been struck and killed, during your approach to the victim you accidently step in blood. Now you track that blood

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Roles of Law Enforcement and Coroner/MDI’s

The roles of law enforcement officers and coroner/MDI’s  are slightly different at a death scene. Law enforcement officers are concerned with whether a crime has occurred. They approach each unknown death scene with the idea that a crime has occurred, and they work backward from that premise. Once they have established that a crime has not occurred, their mission has been fulfilled. The role of the coroner/mdi is broader in nature. The coroner is concerned with establishing the manner and cause of death in all unknown-cause deaths. The importance of the coroner’s investigation is not diminished if a crime has

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Americas System of coroners and Medical examiners is facing unprecedented challenges.

BY MATTIE QUINN | AUGUST 2018 article Reprtinted with Permission  governing.com Jimmy Pollard has been the coroner of Henry County, Ky., since 1986. Growing up in the small county of just 15,000, he spent a lot of time in the local funeral home, where the director took him under his wing from an early age. Pollard eventually became a licensed funeral home director himself and ran for office at the behest of many in the community when the coroner at the time decided to retire. For the past 30 years, he’s run unopposed for all but two elections, and one of those was

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Calculating Target Availability in Shooting Investigations

Kenneth R. Lang, Ph.D. Most often, many shootings are committed in areas where there is ample space, providing minimal cover, for subjects involved in these dynamic events. However, on occasion, some shootings occur where a ‘target’ presents itself for only a short time. Such variables can complicate the investigation as involved subjects and witnesses may convey facts that seem legitimate, but mathematically, cannot be substantiated. However, with a few measurements and calculations, an investigator can determine if a given target’s availability would be probable in a shooting.  To better understand the concept of target availability, understand that we are considering

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Steps to Take When Starting or Assisting with an Investigation

Although each scene is different from another, it is important to discuss getting into the habit of documenting some of the most common events when arriving at a scene. Chronicling the time and recording the description of these events should become automatic when taking scene/field notes, thus capturing some of the most important time events as well as the condition/environment of the scene. An important practice will help you create solid investigative habits. Ask yourself these questions and document the answers: 1. What time did you arrive at the scene? This is the first step in determining your timeline of

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