The Prince of Wales community came together on Saturday, October 14, 2017 for the annual Distinguished Men & Women of 2017 event, sponsored by HOPE. HOPE is a domestic violence prevention and advocacy program that serves all communities on Prince of Wales Island.
Each year, HOPE recognizes community members for their service and dedication. This year, Sealaska shareholder and assistant manager for Sealaska’s Carving Program, Frank Peratrovich was recognized for his commitment to the Prince of Wales community.
About Frank Peratrovich
Frank Peratrovich was nominated for his dedication to serving those in need for over 30 years through search and rescue, volunteer firefighting and emergency medical services.
Those that nominated Peratrovich say, he has assisted many families needing help. He has been a member of the Klawock EMS and Search and Rescue squad since he was a teenager, starting as a dispatcher. Frank’s father is a former fire chief and he has held the same position for the last 3 years.
He grew up in a home where providing emergency services was routine. Today, it is his passion and he is always on call, he said. “No matter where I go, I’ll be there (in an emergency),” says Peratrovich.
He is the assistant manager for the Sealaska Donated Carving Materials Program. The program donates cedar bark and wood to non-profit organizations such as schools, village corporation programs, culture camps, multiple canoe societies and canoe families and other programs. Most recipients are in Southeast Alaska but the program has supported several out-of-state organizations and groups in an effort to address those that cannot participate in cultural activities here. Frank spends hours of his personal time on the program. In his spare time, he likes to hunt and fish.
Frank is Tlingit, Eagle, Killerwhale.
HOPE is a domestic violence prevention and advocacy program that serves all communities on Prince of Wales Island. We believe all persons deserve to live a life free from abuse and neglect. The crisis line at HOPE is 826-4673. If you are in danger and need immediate assistance, please call 911! If you need support and it is after office hours (M-F 8-5) or on a weekend, please call WISH in Ketchikan at 907-225-9474. WISH has an advocate available to help you 24 hours a day.