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April 25, 2012

3 Dems seek coroner spot

NEWPORT, Ind. — Three Democrats are seeking the nomination for coroner in Vermillion County. They are Roger P. Lewis, Brian Morris and Chuck Procarione.

The winner will take on Republican Matthew Fitzthum in the Nov. 6 election.

Only Morris responded to the Commercial-News survey.

“I’m fascinated with forensics and have been studying forensics for about 15 years,” he said. “I have been a deputy coroner in Vermillion County since I moved here in 2000 due to my job bringing me here.”

Morris said the biggest issue is getting to the scene in a timely manner.

“The less time we spend on a death scene the better,” he said. “There are exceptions to this, such as a crime has been committed and a thorough investigation is needed.

“If elected coroner, I would have enough deputy coroners that myself or one of my deputies could respond within three to five minutes of getting the call, if not even quicker.”

Morris said he is most qualified because he has been in the medical/EMS field for 23 years.

“I have assisted with hundreds of autopsies even prior to my schooling in Indianapolis for my MDI (Medicolegal Death Investigator). I have attended several classes and lectures on death investigation such as forensics, blood splatter analysis and entomology.”

Surveyor race

Jared Dreher and Lisa A. Gilman are running for county surveyor on the Democratic ticket. Neither responded to the Commercial-News survey.

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