Lebanon County Coroner, Dr. Jeffrey Yocum presented his 2021 annual report to County Commissioners during their meeting last Thursday and if one thing is clear, the workload within his office has increased considerably.
Dr. Yocum attributed the increase to the number of cremations now taking place in the county. Last year there were 980 cremations, an increase of 82 from 2020 and 208 more than 2019.
He said the coroner’s office must sign off on every cremation requested for a county resident:
The coroner’s office conducted 498 death investigations in 2021. Of those, five were the result of homicides and 56 were accidental deaths, including 31 accidental overdoses.
Other accidental deaths?
There were 19 suicides last year. Eleven were completed with guns, 3 were intentional overdoses, 3 were attributed to asphyxiation by hanging and two were the result of multiple blunt force traumas.
Dr. Yocum said they were among the most horrific cases he can remember:
Dr. Yocum oversees a staff of seven part-time deputy coroners.