Sarah F. (Peterson) Burns passed away heroically at the age of 31 on August 31st, 2021, in a helicopter crash during a Navy training mission off the coast of San Diego, California. Sarah was born in Salisbury, Maryland, and raised in Severna Park, Maryland, with her twin sister Micah. She was an active member of the track and lacrosse teams at Severna Park High School and graduated in 2007. After high school, Sarah attended Anne Arundel Community College, where she ran cross-country and played lacrosse. Sarah decided to follow in her paternal grandfather's footsteps and enter military service, joining the Navy in August of 2010. After basic training and technical school in Pensacola, Sarah reported to Naval Station Norfolk to her first command, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen, as an aircraft mechanic on the MH-53E. After two years, she transferred to the "Red Wolves" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 84, serving until 2016. Next, Sarah moved west to San Diego, California, where she joined the "Firehawks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85. After her deployment in Africa, she decided to cross-rate to be a Hospital Corpsman SMT (Search and Rescue Medical Technician). This career change was no easy hurdle, but one she was extremely passionate about. It required Sarah to endure two different training locations ending with Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE) school. After completing a most challenging year of training, she checked into Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Eight, "Eightballers," as a fully qualified Corpsman in November 2020. Sarah met the love of her life, Lucas, in January of 2017. It didn't take long for them to realize they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They soon married on the beach in La Jolla, California, on August 12th, 2017. They spent the four years they had together, making the most of every moment. They enjoyed fitness, the beach, their dogs, traveling, camping, and exploring the culinary world that San Diego had to offer. Sarah and Lucas consistently looked for more things to challenge themselves as a couple while making plans for the future. Although four years was never enough time, the entire time was spent as a honeymoon. Sarah was a kind, compassionate, and quiet person who deeply loved others and enjoyed serving her country. She was humble, goal-oriented, and worked tirelessly to be the best that she could be in all her endeavors. Sarah is survived by her soul mate, Lucas, her best friend, and twin sister Micah (Peterson) Gagis (Zachary) of New Jersey. Father, George Peterson of San Diego, CA. Her cherished in-laws, John and Kathy Burns of Bath, NY. Brother in law, Justin Huthmacher of Los Angeles, CA. Sister in law Kyla (Robert) McAdams of Knotts Island, NC. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved dogs, Mila and Jack. She is predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Patricia Anne Siegert, and her paternal grandparents George and Mary Peterson. Contributions in Sarah's honor can be made to https://www.gofundme.com/f/HM2-Sarah-Burns
Services will be announced at a later date.
Published by The Capital Gazette on Sep. 11, 2021.