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.