Medical examiner has stories for Security and Law Enforcement students at O/N BOCES

Posted 6 October 2020 at 8:58 am

Provided photo: Lillian Streich (Lockport), Neal Hodgson and Noah Neff (Lyndonville).

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Orleans/Niagara BOCES Security and Law Enforcement teachers, Dudley Gilbert and Gene Newman, invited retired medical examiner Neal Hodgson to speak to their juniors at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.

Mr. Hodgson talked to the students about his former career and showed the students an autopsy video and some photos from cases that he worked on. He talked to them about cases that made an impact on him and what they may encounter as law enforcement officers when attending accidents or crime scenes.

Many of the students found the autopsies interesting as well as Mr. Hodgson’s observations and reactions. The images were no doubt disturbing, but left an impact on the students as far as making poor choices and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mr. Hodgson has been lecturing to students from high schools to colleges for over 50 years. He currently lives in Florida, but says he likes to travel around the country to talk to students and to share his expertise.

“I am probably one of the few medical examiners in the country who do this and it is a very important mission to me,” he said. “I will keep doing this until I am physically unable to do so.  It always amazes me when I run into people who heard me talk years ago and still remember it and now I am talking to some of their children. I love what I do!”

Both Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Newman were grateful for Mr. Hodgson’s time and his insights to this side of law enforcement.

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