Students and faculty at Martin County High School were saddened to learn Wednesday of the passing of a longtime educator, coach, and friend.
"He had that presence about him. You knew when he was in the room," remembered Sgt. Stephen Mochen with the Martin County Sheriff's Office.
For nearly two decades, Sgt Mochen worked side by side with Walter Jshombach, but everyone at Martin County High School simply knew him as "Sarge." He could be tough, but also a comfort.
"A lot of kids through those years changed the way they are because of him," said Sgt. Mochen, who coached football with Jshombach.
Jshombach spent the last two decades in the Martin County School District. A retired Master Sergeant in the Air Force, he was most recently head of the JROTC program, and the boys track coach.
"He's literally impacted hundreds and hundreds of lives of students and staff members both," said Principal Al Fabrizio.
Martin County High student Ian Annase, told NewsChannel 5 that as he was walking to an exam last Friday, he heard a janitor cry for help.
Annase performed CPR on Jshombach. Paramedics then rushed him to the hospital.
Many students went to social media using the hashtag "prayforsarge". But Jshombach passed away Tuesday night.
"The presence he had on this campus is absolutely going to be missed," said Sgt. Mochen.
A celebration of life for Walter Jshombach will be held next Wednesday May 22nd from 5-7pm at the Grace Place on Salerno Road.