FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Amber Peterson

    Amber Peterson left our world on Dec. 30, 2012, at the age of 31. “She was a vibrant, vivacious young woman who left an unspeakable void in our lives,” her friends said.
    Services are pending.
    Amber was born Sept. 29, 1981, in Bethel, and lived most of her life in Sitka.
    She graduated from Pacific High School in 1999, and in 2011, as a single mother of three boys, she graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, with a degree in health information services – an accomplishment that demonstrated the determination she was well known for.
    Amber loved hiking and camping, and was always ready for anything outdoors. She loved the sun and cursed the rain on many occasions, and she loved to laugh and talk and dance.
    Above all, first and foremost, Amber loved her three young boys. Her greatest accomplishment was that she was a wonderful mother.
    She will be remembered with love by her sons, Aiden, 12, Jayde, 10, and Ashton, 4; her parents, Eric and Stephanie Peterson; brothers Jeremy and Nik Peterson; and grandfather Carl Peterson (Maryann), all of Sitka; her grandmother Joanne Goddard of Centralia, Wash.; and her grandmother, Wendy McCarty Leonard (Chuck) of Springfield, Ill.
    She also will be remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews with whom she was very close; and many, many friends.
    The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to an account for Amber’s sons at First National Bank Alaska. Friends and family are asked to mail remembrances and stories to P.O. Box 2976, to be made into a book for her sons.

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