My home town is apparently in dire straits....
• Budget cuts give the axe to the medical examiner & morgue.
Autopsies and signed death certificates also will be casualties,
Without death certificates, burials and cremations cannot occur, and estates cannot be settled. The investigators’ absence will create an “ongoing local disaster” for area hospitals, nursing homes, paramedics, police, mortuaries and “most significantly, the citizens of Lane County".
Police and medics will face a dilemma when they can no longer call a medical investigator pager 24/7 and summon a death investigator to a crime or accident scene.
“We are prohibited by law from moving a body from a scene until we get authorization from a medical examiner,” the longtime chief said.