Last week, members of the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association gathered to attend a 40 basic training workshop in the state capital. Heather Tapscott, Aftermath’s Funeral Home Relations Specialist, represented the company during the first two days of the event. “Attendees loved seeing us there,” Heather reported. “They also enjoyed some of our new swag…magnets, notepads, and other items.” Aftermath also gave away several prizes, including a $25 gift card and travel mug.
What is the ICME?
According to the organization’s website, ICME “is a not for profit corporation for the purpose of uniting the members of the organization and upgrading the Office of Coroner and professionalizing it through the exchange of ideas and development of educational programs to the end that Coroners will be better equipped to discharge their statutory duties and thereby better serve the public to which their primary responsibility lies.”
The ICME routinely hosts specialized training and events for law enforcement personnel, focusing primarily on maintaining and improving the skill sets necessary to performing important investigative functions. In May, the organization is conducting a free seminar in conjunction with NAMUS and the Will County Emergency Management Agency. The training session is open to all members of Law Enforcement and the related fields. Visit the ICME Calendar for more details.
The Role of Coroners and MEs
Coroners and MEs work side-by-side with law enforcement to ensure cases involving death are handled in a legal and timely manner. A Coroner is an independent judicial official who investigates human deaths, whereas Medical Examiners are usually licensed medical professionals trained in forensic pathology. MEs perform autopsies and inspect organs, tissue and bodily fluids to determine the cause of death in suspicious cases. Alternately, the coroner’s role at a crime scene depends on the jurisdiction. Some coroners serve as administrators, while others manage the handling of the body and navigate working with several aspects of the legal system in order to uphold the law.
The ICME expresses their commitment to the communities they serve as “care of the deceased and concern for the living.” In a similar way, Aftermath is also a second responder; our primary focus is on helping families recover after unexpected tragedies. If you or a loved one has experienced a tragic circumstance in their home, such as an unattended death, homicide, or suicide, Aftermath Services is just a phone call away. Our compassionate team of dedicated technicians provide 24/7 cleanup assistance to families nationwide. Call us at 877-698-6169 for immediate assistance, or visit our website to learn more about the Aftermath Way.