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Popular Atlanta traffic reporter dies helping at accident

Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:57 PM
Last updated Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:17 AM
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DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Herb Emory, known by Atlanta commuters for his traffic helicopter radio reports, died Saturday from a heart attack while helping a metro motorist. He was 61.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Emory, 61, known as “Captain Herb,” heard a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon not far from his home. He called 911, then went to the scene to help.

While at the scene, he suffered a massive heart attack, Douglas County coroner Randy Daniel said.

For decades Emory had mointored Atlanta’s interstates for WSB radio during the week from his helicopter, which he called “the best office in town.”

Working both the morning and afternoon rush-hour shifts to shepherd Atlanta’s harried masses safely to and from work “felt like going to work 10 times a week,” Emory said, but that was the lone drawback to a job he otherwise loved.

Emory served on the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Board of Directors and on the Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board.

Emory hosted more charity events than any other WSB personality by a long shot, 83 personal appearances in 2013 alone.

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Lkn4Ans 04/12/14 - 09:51 pm
Such a loss...

RIP Captain Herb and thank you for all you did...and for caring.

itsanotherday1 04/12/14 - 11:48 pm
Oh My!

I was just listening to his traffic report Friday afternoon. I didn't know Cap'n Herb personally, but I felt like I did just from hearing him on the radio. He is a WSB fixture and will be sorely missed. Godspeed Captain!

geecheeriverman 04/13/14 - 06:10 am
Captain Herb

It was always exciting to hear Captain Herb's traffic reports. As soon as I would get in range of WSB I would tune it in for his reports. He was also a NASCAR Fan and did lots of charity work for areas around the Atlanta Metro area. Rest In Peace, Captain Herb.

nocnoc 04/13/14 - 06:24 am
We Listen to him for years

while living in the area and if you did, you at least stood a slim chance of making your flight, or getting home reasonably on time.

What was the most dreaded thing a driver could to hear him say
when traveling The Loop or Spaghetti Junction area ?

________, is done, put a Fork in it.

Whoever, replaces him will have a job ahead of them.

RIP Sir.

BTW: here is his picture.

seenitB4 04/13/14 - 07:40 am
Captain Herb

I really liked his voice...I will miss him too.

rmwhitley 04/13/14 - 09:44 am
"Captain Herb"

helped me make the trip from Holly Springs to Marietta easier every day of the week. The only person I'll ever miss from WSB.

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