Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fundraising Campaign Launched To Support Families of Sailors Who Died In Helicopter Crash

The five Sailors killed when an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, crashed approximately 60 nautical miles off the coast of San Diego, Aug. 31. Sailors shown are, top row, left to right: Lt. Bradley A. Foster, 29, a pilot from Oakhurst, California; Lt. Paul R. Fridley, 28, a pilot from Annandale, Virginia; Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class James P. Buriak, 31, from Salem, Virginia. Bottom row: Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Maryland; Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri. And the HSC-8 Eightballers insignia.

Following the helicopter crash on August 31, 2021 that claimed the lives of five U.S. Navy Sailors, the spouses club of the Navy’s HSC-8 squadron that lost these five sailors has launched a fundraising campaign to support their families. Funds raised will be utilized for the families’ expenses related to housing, childcare and education.

To donate and find more information, visit

The fundraiser is hosted by the HSC-8 Officers Spouses Club and is not associated with the U.S. Navy. 



Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Coast of San Diego – Five Crewmembers Declared Deceased



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