ALBANY, Ga. — On the job for eight years, Emma B. Quimbley sees her job as Dougherty County coroner as serving the living as well as the dead.
Quimbley said she has the ability to understand the psychological and emotional injury associated with the homicide or natural death of a loved one. At times Quimbley has to tell parents that they cannot take their child home ever again because of death.
"The worst thing I have to do is tell a mother she can't have her child anymore," Quimbley said. "I'm a mother and a grandmother. I have compassion and love for the victims."
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The problems facing her office are the same problems facing the community, Quimbley said. They start with the community's youth. Soaring school drop-out rates are largely responsible for teen drug use, run-away juveniles, burglaries, home invasions, robberies, gang involvement and teen pregnancies, she added.
At times troubled youths die early or go on to either kill or be killed living useless lives, Quimbley said. Besides signing death certificates and consoling victims' families, she believes counseling young people is part of the preventative job of the coroner's office.
"While law enforcement agencies seek to solve homicides," Quimbley said, "we provide compassion and empathy to bereaved families. But it is better to prevent the unnecessary death."
Occupation: Dougherty County Coroner
Post Sought: Coroner (re-election)
Family: One son, two daughters, eight grandchildren
Key Issues: Countering the high student dropout rate; Bullying, fighting, suicide, gang influence, youth homicides; Teen pregnancies
It all comes down to the family, Quimbley said. Her experience as coroner has led her to work with organizations such as "Stop the Violence" and the First Monumental Baptist Church to strengthen families.
The family focus permeates Quimbley's conversations. She said she has a follow-up program to provide a more personal and supportive relationship with bereaved families.
She intends to keep her office open to those in need while holding educational meeting in schools. She has pictures of a violent death's reality that she brings with her to those meetings.
Under her direction, if re-elected, Qumbley said, "The coroner's office will continue to work in collaboration with schools, churches and other organizations to strive to save our children, if only one at a time."