Dear Editor: It has been a privilege and an honor to serve this county for the last 35 years as a volunteer firefighter, crash rescue, first responder, and for the last 25 years as your deputy coroner.

In that time, I have been allowed to enter your lives during the most tragic of times. I have wept with you and prayed with you and for you. As a coroner, I entered at the end of your loved ones life and many times had to reconstruct the end of that life line back to the beginning.

I realize it is time to close this chapter of my life, so I gave Coroner Ms. Julie Harrison my letter of retirement effective May 31.

My hope and prayer is that God will place a new deputy coroner here to minister to the families of Madison County with the same love and compassion that I endeavored to do. May the strength and love of my Lord Jesus Christ, continue to hold us together as a county, state and great nation.

Thank you again for allowing me to serve you.

Sincerely,

Gerald D. Kemp

Retired chief deputy coroner

Madison County

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