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Two suspended Cook County morgue employees now fired

Updated: March 25, 2012 8:21AM

Two Cook County morgue employees placed on emergency suspension earlier this week have been fired, a spokeswoman for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday.

The spokeswoman, Jessey Neves, said she could not discuss the specific reason for each dismissal. “There’s a process in place and as they can still appeal . . .” Neves said.

One of the two given termination notices Wednesday is Joel L. Neason, a source said.

Neason, an autopsy technician, allegedly threatened this week to fetch a gun and return with it to the West Side morgue after management there informed him he could be fired, authorities say. The possibility of Neason losing his job arose from multiple investigations of bodies piling up and unhealthy working conditions at the facility, sources said. Neason was charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor, in connection with the gun charge, authorities said.

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