Vail Daily letter: Franciose for coroner

Sue Franciose gets my vote for coroner! She is more qualified than the incumbent with a National Level V Medical Investigator certification. She is a nationally certified forensic nurse and a member of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners.

Her interest in forensic medicine led to her volunteer with a coroner’s office for a number of years. Sue’s background as an RN in critical care is a solid foundation for working with grieving families, and equally importantly, her interest and dedication has compelled her to continue her education in the field of forensic medicine.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Sue for the last 10 years and I can say without bias that she is an amazing woman. Her energy has always impressed me as has her attention to detail. Sue is someone you can always rely upon to get the job done. When she sees an opportunity to improve something, she doesn’t talk about it, she sets the goal, pushes back her sleeves and works at it.

Sue is an exceptional leader. As a member of the Shaw Outreach Team, she has coordinated the very successful fundraiser for Jack’s Place, Hike, Wine and Dine in Beaver Creek for a number of years.

We all have the opportunity to donate organs and other tissues. If we die at home, organ donation is not an option, but tissue donation is. Sue has identified that this does not currently happen in Eagle County, and despite some nasty objections from the opposite camp, has brought this important issue to light. Tissue donation is an intensely personal decision, and if we go through the steps of creating a record that is not respected, something needs to change.

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Knowing that Sue would be a part of the team that investigates deaths in Eagle County is a comfort. She knows that continuing education, experience and commitment are necessary to perform a job well, and I know that her professionalism, compassion, commitment and attention to detail are what we all want when faced with a death at home.

I hope you will join me and vote for Sue Franciose!

Lisa Muncy-Pietrzak


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