He Thought It Would Be Safer

3 07 2012

Lambert Airport


Robert Traxel killed in Guatemala on National Guard mission


Before signing up with the Missouri National Guard, Traxel’s family says he enlisted with the Marines right out of Oakville High School in south St. Louis County.

After that, he worked as a police officer in Florissant and other departments before enlisting with the Army, serving a tour in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was in the Army where his family says he started reporting, filing stories from the front lines.

His family thought his latest mission would be safer – a medical readiness mission with the Missouri National Guard in Guatemala.

Except Guatemala is full of Guatemalans.

Florissant is kinda hangin’ on and remaining majority white, so you can’t say that being a Florissant cop was the most dangerous job of his short lifetime.



2 responses

3 07 2012
Techno Dan

He wasn’t killed by Guatemalans (unless the helicopter or pilot was from Guatemala), but by a tree branch that was hit and propelled by a helicopter blade (presumably an American helicopter with an American pilot; the article did not say).

3 07 2012

Still, would you chance Guatemala? I don’t think I’d make good missionary stew.


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