Last responder takes care of herself so she can be a “voice for the deceased”

How a death investigator deals with the cost of gunfire 02:59

MINNEAPOLIS There are first responders and there are last responders — those who try to save a life and the ones who come after a life is taken by gunfire.

Death investigators with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office respond to crime scenes. They are emersed in the details to help determine a cause of death.

This is where Lisa Estes starts, packing up to head out to a call when someone is a victim of gunfire.

“So we’re going to be the eyes and ears for the pathologist when we’re out on that scene and gather as much information as we can,” Estes said.

This is Estes’ 24th year with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“It’s just being able to help others when they’re going through a difficult time,” Estes said.

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She’s right there on crime scenes, a last responder arriving after the lifesavers: Police, fire and emergency medical services.

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