Brother of deceased Arrowhead student: 'He was an inspiration to all of us'

CREATED Mar 9, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 9, 2012

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HARTLAND- There was no school at Arrowhead High School Friday, but several students came together at a local church Thursday night to remember their friend and classmate.

Patrick Sievert was a popular student athlete that died while skiing with his family in Colorado.

Daniel Sievert built a bond with his brother Patrick on the ski slopes --it's a common love they've shared since they were little kids.

"We just loved to push it hard.  We loved to challenge ourselves," said Daniel Sievert to TODAY'S TMJ4.  "Whether that was going fast on the groomed runs or hitting the double blacks up at the top ...We just loved every minute of it."

It's on those slopes where the two would spend their last moments together.  They were on a family vacation -- skiing at Colorado's Copperhead Mountain.

The two brothers went with each other for their first ski run of the day Thursday, when Patrick veered off the path and into a shed.

He was wearing a helmet, but still died from the injuries to his head, according to the coroner.

It's too soon for Daniel to talk about those moments -- a loss bigger than words.

"He was an inspiration to all of us.  He would push me harder than i could ever imagine," said Daniel Sievert.

Patrick was a member of the Arrowhead High School swim and soccer teams and loved academics.

But those who know him told TODAY'S TMJ4 he's most known for his faith in Christ.
"I think the most important thing to know is he that he loved the lord with all his heart.  Everything he did was for the glory of the Lord," said Daniel Sievert.