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Hero Jack was a man of ‘valour’

Jack Emmerton

Jack Emmerton

Tributes have been paid to a well known former policeman who once rescued three canoeists from the sea.

Jack Emmerton, 92, of Mardale Crescent, Leyland, worked for Lancashire Constabulary for almost 30 years.

He joined the force in 1947 and climbed the ranks to Inspector.

He received a distinction from the Chief Constable and an award from the Royal Humane Society after helping to rescue three canoeists from Morecambe Bay when they got caught up in rough seas.

The dad-of-two passed away last week following a battle with cancer.

His son Tony, 67, said: “Dad was a man of great valour, integrity and honour - a hard act to follow.”

After retiring Jack ran the print room at Runshaw College, became an active member of Leyland RAF Association and the Historical Society, while also developing his talent and skills as a water colour artist.

Jack, originally from London, was posted to the RAF in Blackpool where he met his late wife Roma.

They moved around before settling in Leyland in the early 70s and having children.

The pair were married for 70 years and featured in the Evening Post on their anniversary.

When Roma passed away in January 2013 Jack joined Leyland FX Gym and took up swimming.

Jack leaves sons Tony, Mark, 53, grandchildren Davina 38, Tim 36, Caroline 31, Daniel 26, Andrew, 23 and great grandchildren Lauren seven, Charlotte five.

Jack’s funeral will take place on Tuesday April 29 at Charnock Richard Crematorium.

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