The only other thing I can think of, allison, is to keep trying. You say you are a paramedic interested in both flight and forensic nursing, why not combine the two? You could be a flight nurse whose focus specialty is in knowing how to preserve evidence on scenes. You've taken courses in forensics, how do you apply what you have learned as a paramedic? Learn how how apply the teaching you've had. And then keep going.
I emphasize becoming involved in your state IAFN chapter. Networking can provide you with opportunities you may not get otherwise.
And about the ME's office, I said what I did because I had to cram my 40 hrs of clinical time with them into one week - regardless of my work and school schedule. We were not allowed to go beyond the one week, because - as it was explained to us, there many others who also need to get their time in. And only a limited number of people wer allowed at autopsy, including any law enforcement personnel who needed to be present.
There is such a thing as the CSI effect, and where there may have been plenty of opportunity before to intern in this type of field; since CSI, there has been a flood of interest and enrollment in various CSI type fields. That's why opportunities don't exist like they used to.
One other thing, I don't often post on bulletin boards. But just so you know, I have been in healthcare since the 1980's. I noticed in the early 1990's that there was a huge gap between the medical and legal systems. And so I started to educate myself. I have now been in school for ten years learning about criminal justice, forensics, CSI (the real thing), and forensic nursing. I work as an emergency room nurse and also as a forensic nurse. I have had directors of EDs (plural) who haev come to me and asked me to write policy and to educate other nurses on how to collect evidence, without compromising patient care. I have come in, after being called in via pager, to collect evidence, with police waiting for me, and with the media outside. I have been deposed and have been in court. My teachers and mentors are those who write textbooks in forensic nursing, direct crime labs, are medical examiners, are prosecutors, and who function as expert witnesses. I have been extremely fortunate to have them as teachers and mentors. And if I share something with someone, even a post on a bulletin board, it does not originate with me, but with my teachers and mentors.
I thought you should know. Again, best of luck - and don't get discouraged. Be patient and be persistent.