School orchestra director dies while saving kids from drowning

School orchestra director dies while saving kids from drowning


norman lebrecht

April 20, 2021

A North Carolina fine arts and orchestra teacher died on Sunday while helping rescue of two children who were caught in a rip tide.

Jessica Embry, a fine arts teacher and orchestra director at Ashley High School, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“In an attempt to rescue the children, several bystanders and members of the Kure Beach Fire Department, entered the water and successfully brought the children to shore,” police said. “The Kure Beach Police Department commends the heroic efforts and sacrifice made by Jessica Embry, bystanders, and rescuers. Jessica Embry, along with all involved, is credited with saving the lives of the children.”




  • NYCgirl says:


  • Joel Lazar says:

    May her name be for a blessing. Above and beyond….

  • Greg Bottini says:

    What a hero!
    Jessica’s family, although they are heartbroken, should be proud of her. They have my sincere condolences.
    I hope the town of Kure Beach puts up a nice memorial to this wonderful, selfless woman.

  • Sharon says:

    I have heard that those who die while saving a life go straight to heaven. If true, I hope she is there now.