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The Ohio Arson School

Just got back from the 61st Ohio Arson School where I was invited to lecture to 100 Fire Investigators in Columbus, Ohio. They were a fun group with a lot of good questions. Everyone was so nice. The flight home was extra special since I got re-routed to JFK and had a fabulous hot pastrami on rye. Yum. Well, its back to work for me for a while. Take care. pope


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Back from Beautiful California

I just returned from San Luis Obispo, California were we had another successful class with 64 students from across the United States and Canada, and one from Australia. It was very exciting to watch the teams of Fire Investigators, Law Enforcement, Coroners/Medical Examiner, Crime Scene Investigators, and scientists work together as a well-greased machine out in the field. Each team brought their investigative strenghts and techniques that really came together, especially during the presentations. I met a lot of great people and wish each of them well on their future cases.

California was beautiful, got to see the Pacific Ocean after class on Friday and eat some huge scallops down in Shell Beach.

I have an upcoming trip to Las Vegas July 30th for the Internation Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

Thanks for stopping by


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Biloxi, Mississippi and the Gulf Coast

I got to travel some in Biloxi, Mississippi, where I lectured last week on the beautiful Gulf Coast. The Mississippi Chapter of the IAAI were exceptional hosts and I had some of the best interaction/questions from the audience of mostly Fire Investigators, but also some Coroners and other Forensic Investigators. Good times were had with Mrs. Lisa Edwards, who put on a spectacular conference and we also had a visitor, Deborah Keeler who is the IAAI Executive Director on the national level. On the way back to the airport, I drove along Highway 90, which parallels the Gulf Coast and it was a beautiful day. Overall, I met some really great people in Biloxi who were obviously passionate about their jobs and eager to learn. In fact so many good questions were asked, that I had to lecture for an additional hour the following day to finish up the presentation. I received a beautiful award at the end of my lecture that is clear and has the IAAI logo that is in the shape of the state of Mississippi. Its awesome!!! I love awards. It was an absolute pleasure everyone!!!!



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Back from Manhattan, Kansas

I just returned from Manhattan, Kansas where there were over 100 in attendance, representing the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. We had Fire Investigators, Coroners, Law Enforcement, and Crime Scene Investigators. Also, Dr. Michael Finnegan, from Kansas State University was in the audience. I had a wonderful time and learned that Kansas has hills, the Flint Hills, which were beautiful. Rose Rozmiarek  and her arson canine, Tana, were wonderful hosts who took good care of me during my stay.

Thanks Kansas!

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New Podcast from Coroner Talk

For those of you who have enjoyed my lectures or would like to know what my talks are like, listen to the new podcast on Coroner Talk Episode 18. Producer Darren Drake interviewed me about what Coroner/Medicolegal Death Investigators and Fire Investigators can expect to find at fatal fire scenes and the type of research that is conducted each year through SLOFIST Inc. during the Forensic Fire Death Investigation Course


Thanks for visiting and listening, I hope you find it educational.





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