A tragic loss

U.S. Navy SEALs take their name from the environments in which they operate: sea, air and land.

Becoming a SEAL means completing one of the most mentally challenging and physically demanding training programs in the world. In doing so, Remington J. Peters, 27, had much to be proud of.

Petty Officer Peters enlisted in the Navy a few months after graduating from Grand Junction High School. He became a member of the Navy SEALs and was a veteran of two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. A special warfare operator first class, Peters joined the Leap Frogs, the Navy’s parachute demonstration team, about a year ago. He made more than 900 jumps.

He died Sunday when his parachute did not open properly during a New York Fleet Week demonstration.

His military service speaks for itself. But his friends and family gave us a glimpse at the human spirit inside the uniform. He was driven, dedicated, a bit of an adrenaline junkie, and he loved serving his country.

“Words cannot begin to express our devastation and heartbreak over the passing of our courageous warrior,” the Peters family said in a statement.

Neither can words adequately express our sympathy as a community to the family on the loss of a son.

May his kindness, devotion and zest for living be remembered in equal measure to his sterling military record.


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