March 14-18

On Monday, I put away more blood spots from the medical examiner’s office and got all sorts of details from Teri about the calls she got over the weekend. She had two fire fatalities, a body found near a creek, and a shooting, which can be read about by following these links:

Motel fire fatality: http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/31453523/coroner-one-dead-at-greenville-county-hotel

Body found near the creek: http://wspa.com/2016/03/11/body-found-at-brushy-creek-in-greenville-co/

Shooting: http://wspa.com/2016/03/13/man-shot-to-death-in-greenville-apartment/

Teri had me fill out a property and evidence sheet for the man found near the creek. Apparently part of him had made it in the water, so she had all the items found on his person drying on a table. She left Gary with me so we could fill out the form faster and he just told me what to write on the form. We had to fill out all the decedents information, then give a detailed description of what each item was and the quantity. After that, we dumped it all in a paper bag and put it in the property and evidence room, where it can now be picked up by his family.

The next day was very slow. No calls came in while I was there, so I put away the last of Greenville County’s blood spots and helped Gary move things around in the property and storage room. We were just moving unclaimed property from 2014 into a new drawer to make room for the new things that are coming in.

On Wednesday, I got to go on another call. It was for a natural death, and I was able to go on a call with Sonny for the first time. The decedent died at home. He had been complaining about chest pain and his family called 911. Paramedics arrived and he coded soon after. They worked on him for 40 minutes but couldn’t bring him back so they called his time of death at 12:58. Sonny took all the necessary pictures, took a blood spot, and took the decedent’s fingerprints. He had me write down all the prescriptions in the room, which included the name of the medication, the instructions provided, the doctor that prescribed it, the date it was filled, and the quantity in the package. I filled almost four pages with all the medications, then we let the funeral home take him and left. After that, we went back to the office and Sonny told me about two homicides he had worked in January. One was a shooting and the other was a stabbing, so those were interesting to hear about.

On Thursday, there were a lot of people out of the office and it was only me, Dee, Sonny, Teri, and Kent in the building. No calls were coming in and Teri was caught up on paperwork, so we both washed our cars in the back parking lot because we had nothing else to do.

Friday was just awful. Not because of anything that happened to me, but because a police officer was shot and killed. His name was Allen Jacobs and he was married with two kids and a third on the way. He was attempting to serve a warrant to a gang member, who then took off and fired at the officer. Teri and I were out running errands when she got the texts from dispatch and we heard everything that was happening over the radio. At first it was an alert for a gunshot wound to the head (after he shot the officer, the gang member killed himself), then we heard that an officer had been struck and was in cardiac arrest. Teri and I were glued to our phones and the radio after that, and it was confirmed in a press conference that the officer was pronounced dead at the hospital. You can read about it here: http://wspa.com/2016/03/18/allen-jacobs-ided-as-greenville-police-officer-killed-in-shooting/

I did not know him personally, but I am sure some of the deputy coroners have worked with him on death scenes in the past. The office was very quiet for the rest of the day. It is always difficult when law enforcement officers lose one of their own. I could go on and on about what the coroners did and other details about the shooting and whatnot, but out of respect for the fallen officer I do not want to focus on everything I knew that was going on behind the scenes, but on the fact that Greenville County lost a hero on March 18. Rest easy, Officer Jacobs.

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