Sarah joined the fire department in December 2000, and for three years she was one of my buddies. In January 2004 we started dating. While were together for almost five years, the last 4 1/2 she was more like my little sister. My mom says in some ways she was more like my daughter, and I think in some ways Mom was right. She is 19 years younger than me which was a two-edged in some ways but bad in you can imagine. We saw things a generation apart sometimes, and I'm not always the easiest person to be with.

Sarah was a great traveling flexible, sweet, and good natured. The thing I liked the most was her appreciation of everything she experienced on every journey...and her boundless energy. She was never negative, never spoke a hateful word to me, and always had a smile during the hardest of times. We're still the best of friends and she's still my 'little sister'.

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