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Former co-worker claims New York’s $167,000-a-year medical examiner took plane handle as souvenir from 9/11 site as ‘good coffee table conversation’

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  • Barbara  Butcher is now Chief of Staff at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but  in 2005 she admitted to taking the door handle ‘for a day or two’ before  retuning it
  • ‘I would  have been fired’: Co-worker Kenneth Dotson says he was harassed after reporting  Butcher

 

PUBLISHED: 10:11 EST, 21  July 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:28 EST, 21 July 2013

Repercussions? In 2005, Barbara Butcher was accused of taking a morbid momento from Ground Zero. She has since been promoted to Chief of Staff at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 

Repercussions? In 2005, Barbara Butcher was accused of  taking a morbid momento from Ground Zero. She has since been promoted to Chief  of Staff at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

 

A high ranking official at New York’s medical  examiner’s office is accused of taking a piece of the September 11th plane  wreckage as a morbid souvenir, but instead of a punishment she’s recently  received a promotion.

A witness claims Barbara Butcher, Director of  Forensic Investigations at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, ‘excitedly’  took home a recovered piece of a plane’s door.

Former co-worker Kenneth Dotson, alleged in  2005 that Butcher was thrilled as someone from Ground Zero passed off the piece  of wreckage to her as she oversaw World Trade Center victim recovery and  identification. Now she’s overseeing the entire department.

‘Her eyes lit up,’ Dotson, who was also a  medical examiner’s investigator, told the New York Post.

‘She said, “This will make for good  conversation on the coffee table,”’ claimed Dotson.

Dotson said he reported the incident in 2005  and was subsequently harassed.

After Dotson’s initial allegations, Butcher  claimed she took the souvenir  home ‘for one or two days before returning it,’  according to an official report obtained by The Post.

Rewarded? Butcher (right) was promoted to Chief of Staff as Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch (left) retired this year 

Rewarded? Butcher (right) was promoted to Chief of Staff  as Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch (left) retired this year

 

 

However, the piece has never been  recovered.

The report claims Butcher ‘could not recall’  to whom she returned the piece, but ‘conceded it was wrong.’

Also accused: Bronx medical examiner Robert Yee was accused of taking wreckage from a Staten Island Ferry crash that killed 11. Co-workers who turned in Yee and Butcher say they were harassed 

Also accused: Bronx medical examiner Robert Yee was  accused of taking wreckage from a Staten Island Ferry crash that killed 11.  Co-workers who turned in Yee and Butcher say they were harassed

 

‘I would have been fired and prosecuted,’  said Dotson.

Despite her admission, Butcher was has since  received a promotion.

As Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch  retired this year, Butcher was  promoted to Chief of Staff, which carries a  $166,879 salary.

 

In 2006, Dotson and co-worker  told the  New York Daily  News that reporting Butcher had won him only harassment. And a fellow investigator at  the  time, Craig Agnard, said he also suffered attacks after reporting that  Bronx medical examiner investigator Robert Yee had taken another dark  momento—a piece of the Andrew Barberi Staten Island ferry, which crashed in  2003 and killed 11.

‘I and the other investigators have paid the  price for doing the right  thing,’ Agnard said at the time, though a  spokesperson denied either he  or Dotson were ever harassed.

Dotson chose to retire in 2007, after 20  years with the department.

A call placed to the Office of the Chief  Medical examiner was not immediately returned.

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