Forsyth County Deputy Coroner Nickie Stockel has been honored for her work in preventing child deaths.
Stockel was recognized last week by the state Senate as the 2011 Georgia Child Fatality Review Coroner of the Year.
“It was very much a surprise and I felt very honored and humbled at the same time,” she said.
In addition to serving as deputy coroner, Stockel is a hospital coordinator at Northside Hospital-Forsyth and has 24 years of nursing experience. She is a certified forensic nurse and sexual assault nurse examiner.
A resolution commending Stockel for her work states that on many occasions she “has gone above and beyond the call of duty as coroner, taking time to assist families of the deceased with her knowledge of forensic nursing to prevent further fatalities within the community.”
It goes on to commend Stockel for attending all child fatality review meetings without compensation. She also provides a majority of the information for the panel, including medical and police reports.
The resolution also notes that Stockel is involved in community initiatives to prevent child deaths and works with area hospitals on prevention of child fatalities.
“This distinguished Georgian has exhibited extraordinary devotion to duty, outstanding service and remarkable sensitivity to the needs of family members who have lost loved ones and these qualities have earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues and associates,” the resolution states.