Senior Corrections Officer John H. "Packy" Paskewicz

Senior Corrections Officer John H. "Packy" Paskewicz

Maine Department of Corrections, Maine

End of Watch Tuesday, November 16, 2010

John H. "Packy" Paskewicz

Senior Corrections Officer John Paskewicz suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in a training exercise on defending against attacks with edged weapons.

He had just completed one of the scenarios and was speaking to his son, who also serves as a corrections officer, and other officers when he suddenly collapsed. The officers immediately began CPR until paramedics arrived but were unable to revive him.

Officer Paskewicz was a U.S. Army and Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Maine Department of Corrections for 20 years and was assigned to the Maine Correctional Center. He is survived by three children, four grandchildren, a fiancé and several brothers and a sister.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

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I wake each morning and look with a stare
In the mirror and wonder who is it that's there.
For years I've pondered while I get into uniform and fix my tie.
To whom am I looking while the world passes by?
As I button my shirt with that shiny piece of tin.
I consider, is it worth it, day out, day in.

In the dark morning hours as I pass through those iron gates with a sigh.
I remember who I see in the mirror and why.

It is, a father, a husband, a son, a man working hard
It is me, a public servant, a Prison Guard
I continue on, not for the pay
And certainly not for the accolades I won't get today.

I am the guardian of the gates of Hell
It is who I am, it is what I do
And I do it for my community - for all of you.

Rest in Peace My Friend

By Captain D. George ( Retired)
Maine State Prison

David George, Captain (Retired)
Maine State Prison

September 16, 2016

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