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Updated Feb 15, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Arizona shop cooler a way for county to store bodies

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — If something goes terribly wrong in southeastern
Arizona, Cochise County has a way to temporarily store dead bodies.

The county Board of Supervisors has approved a no-cost, five-year agreement
with a Bisbee building owner to use a former floral shop’s walk-in cooler to
store human remains if there are mass fatalities.

Building owner Joan Werner said a former shop employee suggested the cooler
could be used in emergencies to store bodies.

According to Werner, Pima County has a refrigerated truck that could be
borrowed, but a contagion or other catastrophe might go beyond county lines.

The Sierra Vista Herald reported that remains could stay
in the cooler until arrangements are made to bury or transport them to a medical
examiner’s facility.

The county would sanitize the cooler afterward.

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