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Conn. fire victim was Ky. company's safety chief
Grandfather killed in Conn. house fire spent years as safety chief for Kentucky liquor maker
By The Associated Press

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) ' A man who died with his wife and three grandchildren in a Christmas morning house fire in Connecticut spent his career trying to prevent fires as safety chief at a liquor company in Kentucky.

Lomer Johnson is being remembered as a stickler for safety details by a former boss at the Louisville, Ky.-based liquor maker Brown-Forman Corp., where he retired as director of safety and security several years ago.

Former Brown-Forman executive Robert Holmes Jr. said Monday it was Johnson's job to keep plant workers safe. He says Johnson's responsibilities included planning fire drills.

The victims in the Christmas fire in Stamford, Conn., included a 10-year-old girl and 7-year-old twin girls.

Johnson's daughter is a New York advertising executive who escaped the fire with a male acquaintance. Her burned house has been torn down.


Associated Press writer Bruce Schreiner contributed to this report from Louisville, Ky.

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