EMA Director Johnny Cantrell dies from blood clot Friday

EMA Director Johnny Cantrell is pictured in his office at the Lawrence County EMA and 911 Center on his first full day in the position in January of 2014. 

Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency Director Johnny Cantrell passed away Friday morning.

Cantrell died from a blood clot around 6:17 a.m., according to reports.

He had stepped in as EMA director for Lawrence County in 2014 after 12 years of experience with the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency.

“He came back to Lawrence County because this is home,” Commissioner Chair Bobby Burch said Friday of Cantrell, who was a Hatton native. “He was a great public servant, a great worker, and an even greater friend.”

After graduating from Hatton High School in 1983, Cantrell attended the University of North Alabama and Calhoun Community College before joining the Air Force. He spent four years on active duty and four years in the Air Force Reserve.

Cantrell is survived by his wife, Anita Coan, and two children, his son Cody, and daughter Mariah.

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