Respect for life and a compassion are the driving forces behind the announcement of Les Trump’s intent to run for Marshall County Coroner in 2012.
Les has been a resident of Marshall County since his birth on September 10, 1956 in Plymouth, Indiana to parents Roy D. and Nina M. Trump. Trump graduated from LaVille High School in 1974 and began working for Bremen Bearings as a grinder and later as a Union Steward. Trump also became a volunteer firefighter for Lake of the Woods Fire Department in 1977, along with an EMT certification through Ivy Tech.
In 1978 Trump began working for Mishler Ambulance Service and Funeral Home in Bremen where we was an EMT, assisted in funerals and drove for their Medical Transport Service. He also became a certified CPR Instructor for both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Asssociation. Trump also was certified in IV/Defibrillation in 1984 and in 1987 taught two First Responder’s classes. In 1994 Gregory Mishler awarded Trump with a plaque for 20 years of service as an Emergency Medical Technician.
In 1995 Trump moved to Plymouth and learned advanced skills through a Paramedic Class. In 1997 he became a part-time volunteer for Plymouth EMS, and a part-time employee for VanGilder Funeral Home and started his current full-time position with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department as a Turnkey/Dispatcher and is a certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for their 911 center.
In 2001 Trump became Chief Deputy Coroner to Coroner John Grolich and at the time Trump became the first person in MArshall County to become a Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator. Trump is currently a Deputy Coroner after serving 7 years as Chief Deputy Coroner. Trump remains certified through attending Coroner Conferences yearly with the Indiana State Coroner’s Association Training Board.
Trump also served on the MArshall County Emergency Management Advisory Board during the years of 2001-2006, an associate member of the Marshall County F.O.P. since 2001, and an Associate Member of the Sheriff’s Association since 2007. He also works as a part-time dispatcher for the Plymouth Police Department since 2008.
Les is a member of the Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee where he is involved as a part of their Worship Choir. By attending a 13 week course on Grief Sharing offered by the church he has found new insight not only on how to deal with the grief of losing his father in 2009 but also how to encourage and support others as they grieve.
Les is married to Jackie (Abair) they have three daughters and one granddaughter. Les and Jackie will be celebrating their 30th anniversary this year in July.
A Marshall County Coroner Les would not only investigate death, but care for the families of the deceased with compassion, understanding, sincerity and trust.