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Meredith J. Buck

Meredith J. Buck, Bucks County Coroner

Meredith J. Buck, a registered nurse and an attorney, is a dedicated volunteer with the Red Cross and passionate public servant. Ms. Buck received the 2009/2010 Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor a nurse can receive, awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The medal honors “exceptional courage and devotion to caring for the victims of armed conflict or other disasters, or exemplary service and a creative and pioneering spirit in the areas of public health or nursing education.”

Ms. Buck is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, serving as a House Delegate, and the Bucks County Bar Association, where she served several terms on the Board of Directors. As an active community advocate, she was a founding member of the Friends of Historic Chalfont and served on Chalfont Borough’s Blighted Property Review Committee. She continues to serve on the board of Central Bucks Emergency Medical Services.

Mission Statement

The Bucks County Coroner’s office is an independent agency serving the citizens and honoring the deceased of the county by investigating the facts and circumstances of death which have occurred within Bucks County. We determine the cause and manner of death, the identity of the decedent and provide notification to the legal next of kin, while exhibiting the highest degree of compassion, professionalism, and integrity.

Coroner's Duties and Responsibilities

The Coroner oversees all Bucks County forensic services.  Bucks County Forensic Facility, a state-of-the-art facility, houses the County’s Morgue. Current scientific methods for evidence analysis and investigations are used to effectively assist law enforcement, judicial court systems and health and environmental agencies. A variety of modern medicolegal investigative techniques, including an autopsy, when indicated, to establish the medical cause of death and the medicolegal manner of death (natural, accident, homicide, suicide or undetermined).

The Bucks County Coroner's chief duty is to investigate all sudden, unexplained, unusual, or violent deaths occurring within Bucks County. The Bucks County Coroner’s Office (BCCO) operates pursuant to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law.  It investigates and certifies all deaths that are not caused by natural disease or cannot be properly certified by a PA licensed physician based on prior medical attendance. If the cause of death cannot be otherwise determined, an inquest and an autopsy will be ordered. In cases of death which might have resulted from a criminal act or neglect, the coroner conducts an inquest and calls witnesses as a sitting magistrate to find criminal negligence or intent. If criminal intent is found, the case is then bound over to the Court of Common Pleas. 

Application for Records


Coroner's Office
Meredith J. Buck, Coroner
Christopher J. Serpico, Esq., Solicitor

850 Eagle Boulevard
Warminster, PA 18974 
Phone: 267-880-5040