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    After saving his wife from the fire, Tom Emberton, a former Kentucky Court of Appeals judge, perished on Thursday in an early-morning house fire.

    According to authorities, Emberton’s residence near Edmonton, Kentucky, was where the fire was discovered at roughly 3:30 in the morning.

    According to CBS News, Emberton—who was in his late 80s—got his wife safely outside the house before turning around and going back inside.

    After that, he failed to leave the house.

    “He heroically rescued his wife and got her to safety. Then he went back in to save his home and lost his life.” according to Edmonton Mayor Doug Smith, a close friend of Emberton’s, who spoke to WBKO.

    “Tom was just the greatest guy in the world to be around. He was infectious to everybody. He had a way about him that was really special,” Smith continued.

    According to WBKO, Smith also released a statement expressing his condolences in light of Emberton’s loss.

    “Today, Kentucky lost a great father, husband, friend and statesman in a tragic accidental house fire. Tom heroically made certain his wife Julia made it to safety but lost his life during his effort to save their home. Tom Emberton was a treasured son of Metcalfe County Kentucky, having served as a lawyer and chief judge of the Ky. Court of appeals. He was the Republican candidate for Governor in 1971. He was a friend to many and always a champion of South Central Ky. His wisdom, kindness and always sage advice was an encouragement to all.” the statement said.

    “As a relative of Henry Clay, his ability to mediate and compromise came naturally, an attribute that would serve our country well at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Julia, his daughter Laura Emberton Owens and son Tom Emberton Jr. and the entire Emberton family. Tom Emberton Jr. and his sister Laura Owens would like to thank the community and especially the first responders for their professionalism, quick response and kindness during this challenging time for their family,” the statement continued.

    According to WBKO, Emberton and his wife have been together for 65 years.

    Emberton first practiced law in Metcalfe County, Kentucky, where he had a lengthy legal and political career. He then made an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1971, according to CBS News.

    Emberton was chosen to serve on the Court of Appeals in 1987. According to CBS, he stayed on the bench until his retirement in 2004, at one point holding the position of chief judge.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky regarded Emberton as a positive role model from his youth.

    “Tom gave me one of my earliest experiences in the rough and tumble reality of political campaigning, hiring me to work on his 1971 gubernatorial campaign,” McConnell stated in a statement after learning of Emberton’s passing, according to CBS.

    McConnell continued, “He taught me valuable lessons on public service and running as a statewide Republican in Kentucky,”

    Many people expressed their sympathy for Emberton’s passing and held him in high regard.

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    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    Kentucky Rep. James Comer issued an official statement and posted it on Twitter, fondly remembering Emberton.

    “Tom was a titan in Kentucky politics and someone I always considered a role model. He was greatly respected for his knowledge of the law and both his honesty and fairness … Tom Emberton will always be remembered as one of the finest, most decent leaders in the history of Kentucky politics,” Comer’s statement read. CONTINUE READING…

     

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