Belizean killed in Helicopter crash Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

Helicopter mechanic with the U.S. military, Sgt. Dwight Burn, 27, lost his life after a Ch47 Chinook helicopter he was in crashed on Saturday. Burn was one of 4 persons inside the aircraft and was the crew chief on board the chopper when it went down. He was the only person who died as a result. The chopper went down at around 8:15p.m on Saturday May 3 near Orogrande, New Mexico in the desert training area north of the Fort Bliss Garrison.

Burn is Belizean and the son of Romel Perdomo. He lived in Belize City until the age of 4 when he migrated to the U.S. where he studied and joined the military in 2010 rising to the rank of sergeant. He is survived by his two daughters: Violet,7, and Vivian, 4.

Burn graduated from high school in 2005 and enlisted in the Army in 2010 as a CH-47 helicopter mechanic. He served in Afghanistan with the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade from September 2011 to September 2012. His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Army Aviation Badge.

The United Democratic Party extends its condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Dwight Burn.