WE’VE GOT YOUR SIX
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Imagine that you are the County Coroner in one of America’s counties. Some places refer to that guy as the ‘ME’ for Medical Examiner. In that role, you and your staff are required to check almost every dead body which surfaces in your county. In addition to those who were sick or killed in some horrible accident, there are the ones who are dug up after some sort of mysterious death.
In that job, you would be getting phone calls at all hours of the day and night. All of them making a very similar request, “Would you come to our scene and check over the body of someone who’s been murdered?” Bloody, messy, stinky and an assault on every one of your five senses. In the middle of the night, no less.
Even better: You get to take the body to your home [office] and put it on ice until an autopsy can be performed.
Some bodies are so horribly mangled that you cannot even imagine what kind of excruciating experience preceded the guy’s death.
Check this out: Our own Dynamite Dan interviews the Darlington [SC] County Coroner, Todd Hardee. Surprisingly, Todd has a very upbeat attitude about the job and the people he deals with … the live ones, that is.
Todd talks about his mission to bring at least ONE ray of sunshine to the decedent’s family when they come to identify the body. That is certainly no small task. He candidly shared with Dan how he has maintained his own sanity all of these years later with hundreds and hundreds of dead bodies.
The two discussed the epidemic of suicides we cops are facing with our Brothers in Blue. Todd acknowledges that life can be really tough, sometimes taking people, “over the edge.”
Todd shared words that he lives by, every day, “You never know where your own mind will take you.” He went on to say that some cops aren’t ready to see the things they see.
Todd shared many more morsels of wisdom which you can watch here:
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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