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Elik honors retiring chief deputy coroner with House resolution

State Rep. Amy Elik, R-Fosterburg, recently presented House Resolution 154 to congratulate Madison County Chief Deputy Coroner Roger D. Smith on the occasion of his retirement after 38 years in public service.

Elik presented the resolution to Smith at her district office in Alton, with Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn in attendance.

“I have known Roger for a long time, his hard work and dedication to Madison County will be missed,” said Elik. “He served the taxpayers during the most difficult times in their lives and he could not have done so without his colleagues and wife by his side. He was a team player, he gives credit to his accomplishments throughout his career as a result of teamwork.”

In addition to his work for the Madison County Coroner’s Office, Smith served as a police officer in Pontoon Beach, as a firefighter for the Long Lake Fire Department, and as an EMT with Laughlin Ambulance Service in Troy and Campbell’s Ambulance Service.

Smith became a volunteer deputy coroner in 1987 before becoming a full-time employee in 1989. In 2010, he was named Madison County chief deputy coroner.

Smith spent a lot of his time working on child death investigations and going to high schools to speak on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Smith is also a former member of the St. Louis Major Case Squad and a founding member of the Illinois Child Death Review Team.

Smith is currently an instructor and lecturer for the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association and the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission; he conducts numerous trainings with fire department personnel and reserve deputy coroners and pre-prom presentations at area high schools; and

Smith currently serves as an executive board member of the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS) and is co-chairman of the Mass Fatality Committee.

He said he plans to continue to be active in disaster planning and as a volunteer deputy coroner in his retirement.

State Rep. Amy Elik, R-Fosterburg, recently presented House Resolution 154 to congratulate Madison County Chief Deputy Coroner Roger D. Smith, left, on the occasion of his retirement. Also shown is County Coroner Steve Nonn.

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