Roger Dunn was 32 years old when he was killed in a car wreck last spring.
His family buried him and went on with their lives until they heard a media report that said a piece of their son’s body was being used to train police dogs.
It turns out Niagara County Coroner Russell Jackman had given some tissue from the crash scene to volunteer fire Chief E. Vincent Salerno who used it to train dogs to sniff out human remains.
Dunn’s parents filed a lawsuit this week against the men and the county.
The suit asks for an unspecified amount of damages and compensation for emotional and psychological distress.
Both men have since resigned and plead guilty to misdemeanor charges for their actions.
Salerno and Jackman were fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service with the SPCA. Both men also wrote letters of apology to the Dunn family.
The Buffalo News says County officials who investigated the incident called it a well-intentioned mistake.