Captain Herb Emory Dies: Beloved Atlanta Traffic Reporter Was 61

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 03:02 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Captain Herb Emory, a popular longtime traffic reporter from Atlanta, Ga., died Saturday of a heart attack while helping crash victims at the scene of an accident near his home. He was 61.

Emory had been a traffic reporter since 1971 and was working for WSB Radio and WSB-TV, where he had worked since 1991.

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The accident occurred when an SUV crossed the center line and forced another vehicle off the road around 3 p.m. local time. In addition to calling 911, Emory ran over to help the victims of the crash. After first responders arrived at the scene, the veteran reporter collapsed, the Douglas County Sentinel reported.

Emory was pronounced dead by Douglas County Coroner later that day.

"[Emory] died of a massive heart attack," Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel said in a statement to reporters.

"I just can't believe it. There was not a finer man anywhere than Captain Herb," Daniel added. "There wasn't a thing in the world that he wouldn't do to help anyone. That was just the way he was. He meant so much to so many people and really was one of the people who really promoted and helped put Douglas County on the map."

According to Daniels, there will not be an autopsy.

As news of Emory's death spread in the community, many remembered the traffic reporter for his accomplishments over the years.

"He was a friend to all emergency responders," Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons said, the Sentinel reported. "From police, fire, EMS — it didn't matter. He would help any way that he could. He will be greatly missed and it is just a huge, huge loss for our community."

"Herb Emory was Douglas County through and through, even though he came from the hills of North Carolina. He loved us, and we loved him," Douglas County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Worthan told the newspaper. "He was proud to live in Douglas County, and we were proud to have him here. He was involved in many aspects of our community, particularly those involving children, the military, and veterans."

Emory was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2008 and won the Excellence in Motorsports Journalism Award in 2012, according to

"If the worth of a man is measured by the number of true friends he has, then Herb was a billionaire," Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller told the Douglas County Sentinel.

Emory is survived by his wife Karen and son Joseph.

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