Coroner Graham Hetrick - Bio
Graham Hetrick has been Coroner since January 1990. Graham is a graduate of Susquehanna Township High School, and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from York College of PA (dual majored in European history and biology), a Mortuary Science Degree from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and a Master of Science Degree in research psychology from Capella University. Graham is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, the National Coroner/ME Advisory Board for the Musculoskeletal Transplantation Board, the PA Coroner's Association, and the Institute for Behavioral Profiling. He is nationally certified as a medicolegal death investigator by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. He has advanced training in blood pattern analysis, crime scene management, forensic sculpting, and shallow grave recovery. Over the years he has been part of hundreds of homicide investigations.
Graham grew up above a funeral home, with his father being the founder and owner of the Hetrick Funeral home in Harrisburg. During the 1960's Graham served in the United States Army. He was assigned to the Military Police, and then was attached to the 52nd Criminal Investigation Division. He was Provost Marshall for the Southern half of Germany where he investigated a wide variety of cases. Upon returning from the service, he completed his education and was a funeral director for many years before becoming Coroner. Today, Graham is an adjunct professor at the Harrisburg University of Science & Technology where he teaches various forensic courses as well as anatomy.
He is a member of the Colonial Park Rotary, and is an advisor to Estamos Unidos of PA. He has written and lectured on the subject of Thantology and the grieving process. Some of his cases have been featured on Medical Detective and Forensic Files, and he helped write and narrate the show "Corps Tech" for the History Channel.