It's an often thankless job. Vanderburgh County Coroner Annie Groves rarely delivers good news, "When the family hangs up the phone and says, 'Thank you for calling,' you just, you know." However, Annie turns a hard job into something special, and people who know her call her kindhearted and genuine.
Kathryn Martin met Annie 8 years ago when the 2005 tornado claimed the life of Martin's son, C.J. "You just don't know what to do, and she walked the road with me." Annie and Kathryn have been close ever since, "She's just one of a kind!"
Annie never pictured herself as a coroner. In fact, growing up, she wanted to be a zoo director. After working as the secretary in the coroner's office, she started becoming more interested in death investigations, "The rewarding part of my job is taking care of the families who have lost their loved ones."
Annie is a trailblazer as well. She's the first female coroner elected in Vanderburgh County. "When I say to my daughter, 'You can be anything you want to be,' I need to open those doors for her, and I think I need to open the door for all little girls because women before have opened them for me."
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