Hetrick’s interest in building a career around death is rooted in childhood, heavily influenced by his father’s example in running a family funeral home. In addition to being a coroner, Hetrick is a thantologist, medicolegal death investigator, forensics consultant, grief counselor and former funeral director at the business built by his father—Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home in Harrisburg, Penn. He has advanced training in blood pattern analysis, crime scene management, forensic sculpting, and shallow grave recovery. He is also an adjunct professor at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, teaching courses on forensics and anatomy. Hetrick is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the Pennsylvania Coroner’s Association, the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association, and The National Coroner/Medical Examiner Advisory Board.