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first_imgLocal fire department chiefs and other emergency responders are coming together tonight for their quarterly Tuscaloosa County fire chiefs meeting. High on their list of discussion topics? Getting a medical examiner or coroner back in the county.Tuscaloosa Sheriff Ron Abernathy said the county hasn’t had a coroner since the 1908s, and no medical examiner since the early 2000s.The need for a nearby person with that skillset was thrust to the forefront after a tragedy Easter day in Samantha. An 8-year-old girl died after she was struck by a vehicle.The incident happened less than a mile down the road from the Samantha Volunteer Fire Department.SVFD Chief Kim Booth was among the first on the scene, and said it took hours for someone to arrive.“There’s nothing we could do but stand there and wait,” he said. They couldn’t move her from the road before someone from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery came to examine her body. All they could do was cover her with a sheet while the examiner drove from Montgomery to Tuscaloosa County.Abernathy said he wants suggestions from first responders at the meeting, so they can solve this issue.“If it was a family member of yours, you would not want them laying there that long, waiting on somebody to get them when it is out of everyone’s hands,” Booth said. “We need a coroner here to cut that time down to the bare minimum.”In the next week, Abernathy said he’s also meeting with Alabama State Troopers, the Tuscaloosa County Commission and those impacted by this need to get their ideas on how to resolve the need.last_img

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