Coroner dies on the job

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Dallas County Coroner Franklin L. Bailey died Jan. 16 while assisting at a traffic accident in which one Selma teen was killed and another seriously injured.

According to authorities, Bailey died of an apparent heart attack that was unrelated to the accident.

The long-time paramedic with Haynes Ambulance and volunteer fireman had been called to the traffic fatality on County Road 2 shortly after 9 p.m.

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Deputy Coroner Alan Dailey, who was also at the scene, said Bailey had already declared Morgan Academy junior Walter Harrison as dead and was treating the injuries of passenger Ashley Ammons when the heart attack occurred.

It was there at Vaughan, Dailey said, that Bailey died.

Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman declared Dailey as the acting coroner on a temporary basis.

Bailey was in the middle of his second term as county coroner. It is an elected position, but he ran unopposed in the last election.

Donnell Caffey, manager of Haynes Ambulance, said Bailey had been with the company for the past 20 years.

Co-workers say it is not too surprising that Bailey died while trying to help others.

Dailey said he will be meeting with Probate Judge Johnny Jones and Huffman today to decide what steps need to be taken.

Dailey said he had known Bailey for the past 25 years and described him as being &uot;dedicated to the community and a good paramedic.&uot;

The funeral will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 22.