The Knight of the Year (2018-19), for St. Scholastica Knights of Columbus Council 14485, is Jim Fitzsimmons.
Jim was in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. After his service he joined the New York City Police Department (NYPD). During this time, he earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in criminal justice.
He retired from the NYPD as a highly decorated investigator. He then accepted a position as security manager in the nuclear power industry. Jim worked at three different nuclear power plants in New York and Georgia.
Upon retirement, he moved to Lecanto. However, he soon got the “itch” to return to work. He accepted the position as manager of public safety for the College of Central Florida.
After 10 years, he retired again. Then he volunteered with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office for five years. Jim joined the Knights in 1987. As a member of Abbot Francis Sadlier Council 6168 in Beverly Hills, he became active volunteering for bingo and working the kitchen for all the dinners and dances. He transferred to St. Scholastica Council 14485 in Lecanto and is currently, the Grand Knight. Under his leadership, St. Scholastica Council has won many awards and became the “Council of the Year in Division 3 for 2018.”