Welcome to the Kentucky Coroner's Association!
In order to assist the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we have provided information on how to contact coroners and find answers to frequently asked questions about our professional services. Coroners can also find information and sign up for training programs through the Department of Criminal Justice Training.
In Calendar Year 2012, according to preliminary data from the Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's coroners and deputy coroners conducted 9,912 death investigations across the Commonwealth. This represents a 10.7% increase in coroner investigations since 2009. As part of those investigations, coroners requested services from the State Medical Examiner's Office in 2,402 of those cases, or 24.2% of all deaths. This compares Calendar Year 2011 with 9,282 death investigations and 2,378 autopsies, Calendar Year 2010 with 9,566 coroner death investigations and 2,452 autopsies, and Calendar Year 2009 with 8,953 coroner death investigations and 2,373 autopsies.
The death investigation system in Kentucky is a cooperative effort among and between county coroners' offices and the State Medical Examiner's Office. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, coroners and deputy coroners have the full power and authority of peace officers and they investigate the cause and manner of all deaths that are defined as coroner's cases by KRS 72.405.
Contacts for the Kentucky Coroner's Association:
Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary
Phone: (502) 839-5151
Dr. William H. Lee, Association President (2013-2014)
Hardin County Coroner
Phone: (270) 723-3135
||Senate Bill 52 signed by the Governor
Governor Beshear signed Senate Bill 52 on March 12, 2013. This law requires that all death certificates in Kentucky are to be filed electronically through the KY-EDRS system beginning January 01, 2015. This affects funeral homes, physicians, and coroners.
||Long-time Mason County Coroner Robert Brothers has died
Robert G. Brothers, 73, of Maysville died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. He was born in Carlisle, Kentucky on July 9, 1940 the son of the late Maurice Glenn and Wilma Perry Brothers. Mr. Brothers graduated from Maysville High School, Eastern Kentucky State College, and the Kentucky School of Embalming. He formerly worked for Porter and Clay Funeral Home, and later founded with his parents, the Brothers Funeral Home. Mr. Brothers later merged the Brothers Funeral Home with the Knox Funeral Home in 1980 forming the Knox and Brothers Funeral Home, which joined the Keystone Group of Funeral Homes in 1997 and is now currently owned by Service Corporation International since 2010. He was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, The Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, Kentucky State Coroner's Association where he earned the title of "Master Corner" and Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a past board member of Tennessee Walking Horse Owners Association and The Walking Horse Commission. He served in the US Army Reserves and was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Brothers has served as the Mason County Coroner since 1999 and had previously served as Coroner in the early 1960's.He is survived by his wife Vicki Highley Brothers; two daughters, Cynthia (Doug) Wulfekamp of Maysville, KY and Dr. Shawn B. (Jim) Williams of Taylorsville, KY; two sons, Jacob L. (Holly) Pendleton of Evansville, IN and Russ C. (Chasity) Pendleton of Frankfort, KY; ; five grandchildren, Shelbie Wulfekamp, Kaelin Stout, Jack Pendleton, Mason Pendleton and William Christopher Pendleton; one sister, Sue B. Mayo of Maysville; two brothers, Glenn (Bobbi) Brothers of Maysville, KY and James (Kay) Brothers of Pine Knoll, NC. Funeral services Robert G. Brothers will be held at the Fields Auditorium, Maysville Community and Technical College at 3 PM, Monday, July 22, 2013 with Reverend Kenneth Simpson officiating. Visitation will be held at the Fields Auditorium, MCTC on Monday from noon until the hour of the service. A private interment will be held at the Maysville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holly's House, PO Box 4125, Evansville, IN 47724.
||Update on House Bill 1
Under HB 1, you are required, by statute, to report drug-related deaths to the KSP and Vital Statistics.
If your case has been examined by a Kentucky Medical Examiner, this is already done for you.
If you submit a toxicology sample without an autopsy being conducted, the State Chief Medical Examinerwill review all AIT toxicology reports. If that review indicates it may be a drug-related death, you will receive a request for a copy of the death certificate.
If you provide the State Medical Examiner with the death certificate, we will report the case for you. If we receive no response, you will be responsible for reporting the case to KSP and Vital Statistics.
According to Christina Stewart, Administrative Branch Manager for the Office of Vital Statistics, the KY-EDRS system is becoming more and more popular with coroners offices across the state. Nearly half of the coroners offices across the state now using electronic death registration as their primary method of registration. In the month of July, 36% of all death certificates were filed electronically. These numbers continue to rise with each passing month.
The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics offers funeral facility training and medical certifier face-to-face training sessions on how to register and file death certificates through the use of KY-EDRS. The following training dates are currently scheduled:
February 13, 2013 Wednesday9-11 a.m. EST
March 13, 2013 Wednesday9-11 a.m. EST
April 10, 2013 Wednesday9-11 a.m. EST
June 12, 2013 Wednesday9-11 a.m. EST
The Office of Vital Statistics offers two-hour training sessions that are available to all funeral facility staff, medical certifiers and medical certifier assistants. Training will take place at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in the CHR Building located at 275 East Main, Frankfort, Ky. Though KY-EDRS training is not mandatory for participation, certifiers may find it helpful to take part in one of these face to face training sessions with OVS staff. Please call toll free 1 (866) 451-3781 to enroll.