Golden Hembry: Korean War vet, 94, dies after Arkansas nursing home roof collapses in storm
Golden Hembry was in the hallway of the nursing home when the roof collapsed
A 94 years old Korean war veteran was killed in the storm that hit the Midwest. The vet died after the roof of the nursing home he was admitted into, collapsed. The family is mourning the loss of their family member.
Golden Hembry was a veteran of the Korean war and had also survived Covid-19 recently after two more people died in the Monette Manor retirement home located in Arkansas. Hembry's brother Jimmie tried to rescue him from the nursing home but failed to do so. It was too late by then as the roof had collapsed leading to Hembry's death. It is reported that Hembry was passing through the hallway when the roof collapsed. Hembry's nephew, Michael, said that Jimmie returned from the nursery and shared the news with everyone.
He told CBS42, "He came back and he said, 'Golden did not make it'. We said 'What?' and he said it again and he went to crying." Talking about his brother, Jimmie said, "He would talk about his service, but not much. He would not talk about it unless you would bring it up." After the collapse of the nursing home, its owner said, "It has been a part of the community for many, many, many years and we cannot think about it not being."
Two residents of Arkansas have died in the storm that hit the city, one of which was Golden. Five other people were injured at the Monette Manor. It is reported that when the storm hit, the staff threw themselves over the patients' bodies in order to protect them from getting injured.
The second death of a local resident occurred at a dollar store in Leachville. However, the details of the person who has died are not revealed yet. With recent tornadoes taking away life and property in the blink of an eye, the death toll from tornadoes has reached 90 deaths. Recently, four people died in Illinois after the Amazon warehouse collapse, four died in Tennessee, and four in Missouri.
In Kentucky, the toll has been rising rapidly. People have been dying in factories and houses. In a press conference, the governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, confirmed the death of 64 people. However, the number was revised later in the day. Until now, the state has seen deaths of 74 people and 105 people unaccounted for. A two-month-old girl, Oaklynn Koon, died after she succumbed to injuries in the storm. Angela Wheeler, a local resident, described how she heard the family of a three-year-old toddler screaming from their leveled home. She told WLWT5 that her home did not collapse. However, it twisted off its foundation and trapped the family in the basement after which they escaped through the window.
The authorities are still trying to confirm the number of people who have lost their lives in the storm.