Everyone has read about the horrible and senseless death of Jim Trachsel. While it is true that Jim was a wonderful educator and there is no doubt his impression will be left on the school system for a long time to come, one thing that I would like to mention is that at the time of Jim's death he was employed as a correctional officer at Northpoint Training Center.
I had the pleasure to work with Jim at the prison, and he was a fine officer. For a man to retire and have his time to himself but instead take a position at the prison, endure the strict training that we all must complete and deal with those members of society that no one else wants to deal with, shows Jim's true heart and soul and how much he cared for this community and its people.
I spent many a lunch break talking with Jim, and he is the one who convinced me to go back to college, which I am now doing, to obtain my degree in criminal justice. Even though he was retired he was still reaching out to help educate and inspire.