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A Visit from the Coroner

Justin Gasque, Colbert County High School Alumnus (Class of 1993), returns to high school, but this time as the Colbert County Coroner.  Gasque made his appearance to speak to the students about his daily responsibilities and role as a coroner.  Most students, admittedly, did not know much about being a coroner before Gasque’s visit.  However, they were very interested and asked many questions.  The thing that surprised students most was how Gasque has to deal with families.  This, in fact, is very difficult, according to Gasque.  “Dealing with the families, and telling them a loved one has died, is the hardest part of my job,” says Gasque.  Gasque is married with children and his job can be tough on his family.  The students learned that being a coroner is a never ending job that requires being on call 24 hours a day.  It’s not uncommon for Gasque to leave his home in the middle of the night.  However, his family is very supportive and completely understands.

While visiting with the students, Gasque explained his job very well and even allowed them to see his truck. A Colbert County High School senior, Kristina Austin, seemed impressed with the details, exclaiming “You have a pretty cool job” as Gasque displayed his equipment.

When asked how it feels to return to his high school and speak to students, Gasque says “It’s great.  It’s nice to share my life experience to these students.”  It’s not uncommon for students to be undecided about their future.  Providing them with guest speakers is one way to introduce students to new careers and various career paths.  Gasque admits that being a coroner never crossed his mind while in high school.  However, he wishes he would have known more about the opportunity.  After high school, Gasque studied to be a math teacher following in the footsteps of his mother, Vickie Gasque, who is a business education teacher at Colbert County High School.  However, he soon decided to become a paramedic, which eventually led to his run for office of coroner.  Gasque loves his job and considers his title an honor.  According to Gasque, the best part of his job “is getting to meet great people every day.”  Colbert County High School is proud of Justin Gasque and his service to our community.

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