I went to pre-school with Dominik, and then 1st through 8th grade with him at St. Bart’s.
I also lived a few blocks away in his neighborhood so we would carpool and hang out together while we were growing up.
We went to separate high schools: Dom to Gonzaga and me to St. John’s, so there was a bit of rivalry there during those years!
Dom always talked about going into the military, and that was an interest I shared too.
After high school, I joined the Army, serving as a Civil Affairs Specialist. Still in this role, I am now in college studying Communications Management. Dominik continues to be my inspiration. I feel him with me every day.
After he died, I invited a group of his high school friends to record a tribute for the Petteys. I am grateful to Dom’s friends for gathering at St. Bart’s to share their memories of our great friend. You can watch the video HERE.