Community remembers life of EKY man killed in ATV accident

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) He spent years saving lives in some of Clay County’s most crucial situations. Now, the community is remembering his.

“He’d go out and look for people and when the flood came and hit the upper end of the county, he was up there every night and day,” Clay County Magistrate and brother Johnny Johnson said.

“He was always there. He was right there to help, he just enjoyed that job,” Clay County Judge Executive Joe Asher said.

Jennings Johnson was a father, avid hunter as well as the Assistant Director of Clay County’s Emergency Management team. He was killed Sunday night when the ATV he was riding flipped on top of him, something his brother describes as a freak accident.

“He didn’t ride 20 feet, going up a little embankment and it flipped straight back on him and landed on top of him,” Johnny added.

Jennings’ love for hunting continued at the family business, which he co-owned with his brother for the past 30 years.

“He was one of the best business partners you could ever ask for,” Johnny said, “He loved what he did, I mean, we sell guns and got a filling station and he worked in the garage, I mean, just a loving person to be around.”

Clay County Judge Executive Joe Asher played softball with Jennings and describes him as one of the best first responders to work with.

“You may find people just as good, but you won’t find them any better,” Asher added.

And now, the community is preparing to say good bye to a man who saved so many.

Visitation for Jennings Johnson will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Rominger Funeral Home in Manchester. Family members tell us his funeral is on Wednesday, but they have not set a time yet.

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