Jones announces candidacy

Published 6:59 pm Friday, July 13, 2007

My name is Joe Jones and I would like to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for Coroner of Pearl River County.

I am a national registered paramedic and have worked in the medical field for the past 22 years. I am presently employed at Camp Shelby where I oversee the training of the combat medics prior to deployment. I am a life long resident of Pearl River County, and reside in Poplarville.

When asked by my family and friends, “why do you want to be a Coroner?” This was my reply. I care about people. Then another question was asked, “What is so important about being a coroner.” These questions made me realize that all the public does not have a clear understanding of what the coroner’s role in public society really consist of.

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As the coroner, you not only need experience in identifying the cause of death but also have compassion for the survivors and dignity for the deceased. When dealing with death on a day to day basis, you have to remember you’re not just looking at a “dead body” but a human being with a soul. But just as important, you can not dismiss the need for knowledge in identifying the cause of death.

As a paramedic and an advanced cardiac life support instructor for 22 years, I have acquired the experience, knowledge and the desire to seek this office. Thank you for your support.