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1320 Union St. Morris, IL 60450


Coroner John W. Callahan and Gift of Hope are partnering to bring you a program regarding the Gift of Skin and Donation.

When:  Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Time:  9:30- Noon
Where: Grundy County Emergency Operations Center
1320 Union Street
Morris, Illinois 60450

Please register by calling Gina Martin~ Gift of Hope 309-370-0353.  Please leave your organization/name and phone number and how many will be attending.

Breakfast Will Be Provided

2.7 Funeral Home CEU’s
2.0 Coroner CEU’s
These educational hours have been applied for through the Illinois Funeral Home Association and the Illinois Coroner’s Association.


0900-0930   Registration
0930-1015    Sarah Golombeck, Eastern Regional Manager, LifeCell Corporation
•    Recovery of Allograft Skin for Transplant
•    Processing of Allograft Skin
•    Applications of Human Allograft Skin
1015-1145    John Krenn, Supervisor Tissue Services, Funeral Service Liaison, Gift of Hope
•    Gift of Hope and the Embalming Program
•    Embalming the Full Thickness Skin Donor
•    Processing, Distribution and Usage of Allograft Tissues

1145-1200    Questions and Answers

Thank you for your time we look forward to having you join us for this interesting training.

Coroner John W. Callahan and Gina Martin ~ Gift of Hope

Coroner's Welcome Note:

The Coroner's office is located in the county seat of Morris, Illinois, approximately 65 miles southwest of Chicago, in Grundy County. Grundy County is approaching 40 thousand in population and is 462 square miles. Some of the great scenery is the Illinois River and the I & M Canal, the historical bike trail and walking trails just to name a few of the scenic views.

Morris is easily accessible by I-80, I-55 and Illinois Route 47. On the North edge of Morris is a newly expanded Washburn Field Airport that can receive small jets. For more information, you can visit the city of Morris web site at

Grundy County is known to host many attractions for families such as four Cruise Nights held in downtown Morris and most widely known for the annual Corn Festival held the last week in August. Also attracting many people is the Grundy County Fairgrounds. The Fairground hosts stock car racing every Friday night during the summer months and also the annual County Fair in July.

As any elected official, I am very proud of my office. Personally, I would like to extend my invitation to anyone to visit Grundy County and perhaps someday live in our community. I understand that no one plans to or wants to have any professional encounters with the coroner's office, however if the unfortunate need does present itself then I want the experience to be professional and compassionate.

Often, I am asked about whatever possessed me to get into this profession. My response to that, knowing death is part of life and unnatural or unexpected deaths will happen then I want to have the most qualified individuals available to carry out the duties of coroner. Having been in police work and the funeral service, I saw where both professions crossed over many times. My staff and I will continue to provide the most comprehensive forensic death investigation possible.

With the growing world of forensics, it is imperative that my staff and I keep abreast of new techniques and training. Television has played a major role in how people view our profession. It is important to allow the public to see and understand what goes on in the coroner's office. While some of the basics exist on television, the "real" world of death investigation is quite different. As you visit the remainder of my web site, I hope that you are able to get an idea of what the office is really all about. You will also be able to email questions of interest to me of which I will answer appropriately.

Thank you for visiting and I hope your experience is positive.

John W. Callahan
Coroner of Grundy County