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Butler County Coroner's Office 2011 Year-End Review

Gerald "Marty" Jones II

Butler County Coroner Gerald "Marty" Jones II
Deputy Coroners Brian McKinney and Terry Hunt

In 2011 there were 50 coroner calls made by the Butler County Coroner's Office and 15 provisional of death reports signed for cremation to be performed.

Of the 65 Calls Made:
32 were ruled as natural deaths
1 ruled homicide
1 ruled suicide
15 provisional of deaths signed for cremation
16 ruled accidental deaths

Breakdown of Accidental Deaths Consist of:
9 vehicle fatalities (7 drivers and 2 passengers)
2 fire deaths in a family dwelling
1 drowning death
3 accidental overdose deaths
1 accidental only

Of the 50 calls made, there were 9 cases that required autopsies and toxicology to be done, and there were 9 cases that required toxicology with no autopsy. All autopsies were done in Louisville, KY at the State Medical Examiner's Office this year.

2011 versus 2010:

In 2010 there were 25 coroner calls made and 7 provisional of deaths signed for cremation for a total of 32.

Natural deaths investigated: 32 in 2011 and 19 in 2010.

Homicides stayed the same at 1.

Suicide stayed the same at 1.

Provisional of deaths signed for cremation more than doubled from 7 in 2010 to 15 in 2011.

Accidental deaths in 2010 were 4 compared to 16 in 2011.

Breakdown in 2010 Accidental Deaths:
2 drowning deaths
1 work related accident
1 ruled accidental death

Of all the deaths investigated in 2011 there were 13 that had a contributing factor of prescription drugs, alcohol, or some type of illegal drugs including meth.

According to records, tragedy started striking Butler County on June 1st and did not slow down until December 5th, 2011. In these 6 months and 4 days, our county saw 9 vehicle fatalities, a house fire that claimed 2 lives, a drowning, 1 homicide, 1 suicide, 2 overdoses, and 1 accidental death.

2011 has been the busies year Coroner Marty Jones has had in his 8 years as Deputy Coroner and his 4 year as Coroner.

Jones said, "This year has been a very trying year for our county and all 1st responders with tragedy striking in such a short amounty of time. I want to encourage people to slow down, pay attention, don't get distracted, and to buckle seatbelts."

For cremation to be done the Coroner or Deputy Coroner has to sign the provisional of death report in which the county of death occurred. This is for the Coroner's office to be aware of the circumstances surrounding the death and to authorize the cremation.

In 2011, the Butler County Coroner's Office had its regular stated meeting with the Child Fatality Review Board. This board is set up to investigate any death that occurs in Butler County that is under the age of 18. This year we reviewed 2 deaths that unfortunately happened in our county; upon review both deaths were ruled accidental.

Again in 2011 the Coroner and Deputy Coroners each received their 18 hours of training to stay certified through the state of Kentucky.

Public Service Reminders:
1. Anyone under the care of Hospice that passes away in Butler County is not considered a Coroner call and is not required to have the Coroner or Deputy Coroner to respond to the location of death unless the death occurred from something other than natural causes; then it is considered a Coroner call and then the Coroner's office must be notified and respond to the scene of death.

2. Anyone transported to a hospital either by personal vehicle or by ambulance and passes away in the emergency room or is in the hospital less than 24 hours is turned over to the Coroner's office in that county. If they are under the age of 18, the county in which the death occurred and the county in which the accident took place work together in reviewing the death through Child Fatility Review Boards.

For any more information concerning this report, please contact Gerald "Marty" Jones II at (270) 999-0707.

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