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Longtime Jefferson County commissioner takes his own life on funeral home porch

Tommy New

Jefferson County Commissioner H.G. “Tommy” New drove his white pickup truck to Taylor Funeral Home, obtained out of the truck, walked to the entrance porch, sat down and shot himself Wednesday, Feb. 16, within the early afternoon. He was pronounced useless on the scene. New was commissioner of District 4.

“It was 1:05,” stated Funeral Director Jerry Taylor, a detailed buddy of New’s.

Taylor stated he was contained in the constructing and noticed New by way of video cameras put in exterior.

“We couldn’t see his head because of the shadows; but, then we heard a shot.”

Taylor rushed exterior and noticed that New was injured.

“I yelled to my secretary to call 911. All my training, all my training; and, I couldn’t think of a thing to do.” Taylor is a firefighter and a primary responder.

“I felt for a pulse; and, he didn’t have one,” Tayor stated, recent tears stinging his eyes. “He was an awful good friend. We called him Uncle Tommy.

“He was an excellent buddy, a buddy I might depend on. I simply want he felt like he might depend on me. He was such an excellent man, an excellent commissioner. Tommy had his own method of doing issues; however, he obtained it achieved.”

Taylor said New was a unique man.

“He liked, he truthfully liked this group. He could not please all people; however, his coronary heart was one hundred pc in it. He cared for everyone on this group, not simply folks in his district,” Taylor said.

New and Taylor were in the Louisville Lions Club together. Taylor said New was faithful to the Lions Club and faithful to the community.

New had served on the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners for more than 42 years and as chairman for a term. He was an active member of the Louisville United Methodist Church and participated in the prison ministry program for more than 34 years. He was a veteran of the US Navy and a semi-retired forester.

“The Board of Commissioners ask that you just maintain Commissioner Tommy New’s household in your prayers,” the Board stated in a launch.

This article initially appeared on Augusta Chronicle: Longtime Jefferson County official dies by suicide at funeral home

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