Lt. John Morgan Burns was born and raised in South Charleston, West Virginia. After graduating from high school he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne for three years. During that time he met his wife, Tami, and moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
John was originally hired by Myrtle Beach Fire Department as a dispatcher and worked his way up through the ranks to his position of lieutenant. He also volunteered for the Horry County Fire Department at Lake Arrowhead for several years, the Horry County Rescue Squad, and Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad. He served on the Urban Search and Rescue Team for the state of South Carolina and the regional team. Lieutenant Burns retired from Myrtle Beach Fire Department after 25 years and was rehired.
He was dedicated to his career, community, and family, especially his daughter, Morgan.