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October 13, 2012

Godbey settling into new role as county coroner


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“Finally, I’ve gotten out and done a few (cases) on my own without assistance,” he said. “It’s slow, but it’s getting there. I’m trying to focus on doing a good job. ... I’m quite happy.”
Happy, but still not quite at ease with the always-saddening circumstances surrounding his newest foray into the world of public service — and Godbey doesn’t wish to ever be at ease with them.
“Someone once said to me, ‘I don’t know how you could do what you do. I couldn’t do it,’” said Godbey. “I said, ‘Yeah, you could.’ Another person said, ‘Once you’ve done it a while, you get used to it.’ I said, ‘You never get used to it, but you deal with it.’
“When you get used to (dealing with the deceased or fatality victims), you don’t have the compassion anymore,” he added. “When you get to the point that it doesn’t bother you, you need to not be doing the job anymore.”

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