Funeral services will be held on Saturday for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Amber Leist, who was struck by a vehicle after helping a woman cross a Valley Village street.
The hearse will arrive at 8 a.m. at the Mosaic Church, 7107 Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood. There will be a private viewing for Leist’s family and friends until 11 a.m., when services are set to begin. The services are expected to last until 1 p.m.
Leist, 41, was returning to her vehicle when she was struck by a car on Jan. 12. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was a 12-year-veteran of the sheriff’s department.
“Our hearts are broken,” Amber’s father, Daniel Leist, told reporters at a vigil earlier this month. “This is the most heart-rending thing you could ever experience. You never think you’re going to lose your baby. But Amber came into this department and she knew what she had to do.”
“She made the ultimate sacrifice, and she knew that going in, she knew that. And I couldn’t be more prouder,” Daniel Leist told NBC4. “Her life ended as she lived her life — serving others.”
The sheriff’s department shared on its Twitter page a video tribute to Leist from her classmates at the Sheriff’s Academy that included the caption, “Amber touched everyone w/her positive & uplifting personality. We may not be able to see you, but we know you’ll always be there.”
Leist is survived by her parents and 17- and 20-year-old sons.
Services will be closed to the public. They will be livestreamed on the sheriff’s department Facebook page.
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