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.