New coroner begins work

  • Jun. 3, 2011 8:00 a.m.
BILL WARCUP is the city's new coroner. Here he is on the job as a city firefighter earlier this year.

BILL WARCUP is the city's new coroner. Here he is on the job as a city firefighter earlier this year.

THE CITY has a new part-time coroner with first responder and firefighting experience.

Bill Warcup, who is retiring after being a city firefighter here for 23.5 years and having volunteered with the department for five years before that, recently started in the position after being chosen from eight applicants.

He has been out working with coroner Art Erasmus as a coroner’s agent for a couple of weeks now and will begin training next week.

“All [applicants] were capable but clearly he came out number one,” said Erasmus about Warcup.

“He’s got lots of experience as a first responder and firefighter going to accidents…I’m looking forward to working with him. I think he’s going to be a good guy.”

Warcup takes over the part-time coroner position vacated with the departure of Debbie Scarborough last fall.

She had held the position since late 2008.

As coroner’s agent, Warcup is a coroner in training and will go out on cases with Erasmus.

The BC Coroner’s Service will decide when he has enough experience to become a coroner and go on his own cases.

Both local coroners work on an on-call-when-needed basis.