The morgue's freezer went kaput with two bodies inside that began to "liquefy," according to a Russell quote in the Kane County Chronicle. The smell was overpowering, but Coroner's Officer personnel came in, put on hazmat suits and moved the bodies to another freezer to slow decomposition.
The Chronicle story said the morgue's freezer is 20 years old and was purchased from Jimmy John's. Russell is seeking $3,500 to repair the freezer.
The Coroner's Office is located in Building E at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva.
Russell told various media outlets that his office had been underfunded for many years. He and County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen have sparred over requests for additional funding, but a compromise was brokered by Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham, according to the Daily Herald.
- Kane County Chronicle: Emergency repair for leaking morgue freezer costs coroner $3,500
- Daily Herald: Freezer failure may jeopardize Kane coroner budget deal
- ABC Eyewitness News: Kane Co. morgue freezer fails on Thanksgiving with 2 bodies inside
- Huffington Post: Kane County Morgue Freezer -- Purchased From A Jimmy Johns -- Failed With 2 Bodies Still Inside