Friday, January 06, 2006

Miners' Notes Reveal Their Final Moments

This story is just tragic all around, and reading notes from people who knew they were going to die makes it even worse. But the part of this article that really seemed odd to me was this:

Peggy Cohen went to the Central Elementary
identify the body of her 59-year-old father, Fred Ware Jr.
emphasis mine

Huh? They identify bodies at a school? How about a morgue, or a hospital, or even a police station? A school, particularly an elementary school seems like an awfully strange place to do that kind of thing. Anyone else think that's just weird?

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Me4Prez said...

I think it depends on what the town is like. A small town where school is not in session makes sense to me.

John Howard said...

Why wouldn't school be in session? And anyway, if it wasn't I guess that's better, but wouldn't the hospital make a lot more sense?

Lex said...

In small towns that are the sites of major disasters, practically any building that has a roof and electricity, and can be secured, may be pressed into service as a temporary morgue because "real" morgues often are a good drive away. (And in weather disasters, such drives might not even be possible.)

One of those fun facts one probably could go through life not knowing and be happier ....

John Howard said...

I still don't get it. We're not talking about a disaster that ledt them with hundreds of bodies or injured people and they had to put them wherever they had space. It was 12 people. If the morgue was too far away, why not a hospital or police station? Still doesn't make any sense to me.