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New Faulkner County coroner wants to carry on legacy


Thorn took the late Patrick Moore's place, who was like a father to her.


By Tammy Keith
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Jessica Thorn of Greenbrier purposely chose a profession that deals with part of life that many people don’t like to think about — death.

Thorn, 33, is the newly appointed Faulkner County coroner.

Her mentor, Patrick F. Moore, 68, died of a heart attack in September after 28 1/2 years as coroner and more than 40 as an emergency medical technician. Moore, who Thorn said was like a father to her, named her as his chief deputy a couple of months before he died.

A former funeral director, Thorn had worked with Moore since 2009, starting on a part-time basis.

“He took me under his wing and trained me,” Thorn said. “I was there seven days a week, working, doing something. That’s another reason his death hit so hard. He told me, ‘I know your passion is in this; I want you to be the next coroner.’” Read more.

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