After a month in operation, the Warren County Temporary Morgue has housed six deceased individuals.
“We’ve had six bodies in the first month,” said EMS director Brian Jennings to members of the county’s Safety Committee during an update on how the facility did in its first month. “A couple of them were extended stay, two to three days max. Most of them were picked up in 24 to 48 hours.”
In operation since July 1, the morgue acts as a holding facility until family members can make arrangements with a funeral home to pick up the body.
Jennings says the morgue has gotten positive comments from funeral homes the facility has had to work with up to this point.
“We had a gentleman get killed in a car wreck and he was from Watertown,” said Jennings. “We coordinated with the family. A guy from Hunts Funeral Home in Watertown came to get the body. When he came in, he was looking around. He said ‘This is nice. I wish we had something like this in Watertown.’ I said ‘This has been a long time coming. We just got this building.’ We have had several comments like that about it.”
County Commissioner Carl D. Bouldin says he has received positive feedback from at least one local funeral home on the smooth transition in retrieving a body.
Based on numbers in recent years, the morgue is projected to handle approximately 30 bodies a year.
For more information, the morgue can be reached at 474-4477.