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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 2014, according to preliminary data from the Office of Vital Statistics, Kentucky's coroners and deputy coroners conducted 9,835 death investigations across the Commonwealth. As part of those investigations, coroners requested services from the State Medical Examiner's Office in 2,485 of those cases, or 25.2% of all deaths. This compares to:

Calendar Year 2013 with 9,400 coroner death investigations and 2,385 autopsies
Calendar Year 2012 with 9,912 coroner death investigations and 2,402 autopsies
Calendar Year 2011 with 9,282 coroner death investigations and 2,378 autopsies
Calendar Year 2010 with 9,566 coroner death investigations and 2,452 autopsies
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
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Phone: (502) 839-5151

Mike Wilder, Association President (2015-2016)
Boyle County Deputy Coroner
Danville, Kentucky
Phone: 859-326-0569

Long-time Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney has died

We regret to inform the Kentucky Coroner/Medical Examiner community of the passing of long-time Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney.

Terry M. Dabney of Campbellsville, died at 8:13 A.M., Thursday, September 24, 2015 in Campbellsville. He was 63 years of age.

He began employment at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in 1968 later purchasing the business in 1981, where he served as owner, operator and licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He was elected Deputy Coroner of Taylor County in 1978 and then elected Coroner in 1982 where he continued to serve the citizens of Taylor County with competence and compassion.

He was a member of many civic and professional organizations on a Federal, State and Local level, including the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team/Weapons of Mass Destruction , Member of National Disaster Medical System; Kentucky Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Kentucky Coroners Association, International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Campbellsville Kiwanis Club, Pitman Masonic Lodge #124 F&AM, Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Medical Examiner Advisory Commission, Board of Directors Taylor County Board of Health, Board of Directors Lake Cumberland District Health Department, and Board of Directors Citizens Bank and Trust Company. He was owner and operator of Parrott-Turner-Dabney Cemetery, a Licensed Life Insurance Agent, Advisor to Board of Directors for Taylor County Chapter of the Dream Factory, Board Member of Taylor County Health Department and Advisor to the Kentucky Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Committee. He served as past president of the Kentucky State Coroner’s Association, and was awarded numerous awards and honors.

Besides his wife, Judy Dabney of Campbellsville, he is survived by one son and one daughter, Traver Dabney and wife, Kelli of Versailles and Tara Dabney of Chicago; three granddaughters: Catherine Isabel Dabney, Olivia Brooke Dabney and Scarlet Elizabeth Dabney; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Lynwood and Juanita Newton of Campbellsville, and many other relatives and friends..

VISITATION will be 3:00 - 9:00 P.M., Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home

FUNERAL SERVICE will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville. BURIAL will be in Brookside Cemetery





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As issues may come up from time to time regarding coroners and KODA, some of our Coroners and Deputy Coroners may not be familiar with the specific KRS statutes that address the issue. You will find a link to the statute here at KRS Organ Donation Statute.  This will also be posted in the Forensic Library section

Last Updated 9/30/2015