GREENFORD, Ohio (WKBN) – It was a year ago on Wednesday that WKBN learned former Valley Congressman Jim Traficant had been badly injured in an accident on his family farm. Days later, he passed away from those injuries.
Traficant had been working on his farm in Greenford when a tractor he was riding rolled over, crushing him underneath.
Among those who knew him, Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti, who had worked for the Congressman at one time, said his former boss’s legacy still lives on.
“I believe that the majority of the people here will remember Jim for his outspoken-ness, for his caring for his fellow man, helping the underdog and bringing all of those projects that he did to his district in a relatively short amount of time,” Traficanti said.
Traficant is widely credited for obtaining federal funding to build what is now the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, as well as a pair of federal courthouses.
Traficanti thinks the greatest irony is that his friend ultimately lost his life while spending time on the farm he loved so much.