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Thursday, June 13, 2013

LODD: USFS Smokejumper Luke Sheehy Killed Monday On The Modoc National Forest Saddle Back Fire

UPDATE: Latest on Saddle Back Incident Support

Release Date: Jun 17, 2013  
Contact(s): Saddle Back Support Public Information (530) 638-3319

REDDING, Calif.– Preparations are underway to support the family of recently deceased firefighter Luke Sheehy. The 28-year-old perished on June 10 as a result of injuries received on the Saddle Back Fire on the Modoc National Forest in northeast California.
There will be a procession to honor and transport Luke Sheehy on Wednesday from Alturas, Calif. to Susanville, Calif.  The Sheehy family would like the procession in Alturas to remain a private family affair.  For Susanville, close family and the firefighter community are invited.
Details on the agency memorial ceremony are currently pending.  The ceremony is planned for June 23 at 1 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium in Redding, Calif.  The Sheehy family has requested that family members, close friends, fire community and all those who want to honor Luke are invited to attend.
The family will be holding a separate memorial at the Walker Mansion Inn located in Westwood, Calif. on June 22 at 2 p.m.
Those interested in showing support for the Sheehy family can send flowers, cards and donations to:
Doug and Lynn Sheehy or Sheehy Family
2850 Main St.
Suite 12 #386
Susanville, CA 96130
Or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation
MAIL IN A DONATION: Care of Sheehy Family
Make your check payable to:
Wildland Firefighter Foundation
2049 Airport Way, Boise ID 83705
Or to any US Bank location; account number: 157501822199


Update: Details on Luke's Services are posted here on the Region 5 Support Page
The memorial service for Luke Sheehy is planned for June 23 at 1 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium in Redding, Calif.
The Sheehy family has requested that only family members, close friends and the fire community are invited.
Flowers, cards and donations to: Doug and Lynn Sheehy or Sheehy Family, 2850 Main Street, Suite 12, #386, Susanville, CA 96130.
Always Remember Luke has been updated as well.

A 28-year old smoke-jumper from the Redding area was killed Monday while fighting a small, lightning fire in the Modoc N.F.

Incident Name:  Initial Attack lightning Saddle Back Fire in the South Warner Wilderness, Modoc National Forest, northeastern CA
Date: June 10, 2013, 5 PM
Personnel: Luke Sheehy
Age: 28
Agency/Organization: US Forest Service
Position: California Smokejumper, based in Redding
Summary: On June 10, 2013 just before 1700 hours, three California Smokejumpers jumped a small initial attack lightning fire -- the Saddle Back Fire -- in the rugged South Warner Wilderness area, about a mile and a half southeast of the Soup Springs Campground. One of the three, Luke Sheehy was hit in the head by a tree limb that fell more than 60 feet before striking him. Efforts to resuscitate Luke were not successful. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Alturas where he was pronounced dead.
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The Forest Service has identified a smoke jumper killed Monday while fighting the Saddle Back Fire fire in the south Warner Wilderness Area.

Sheehy's team, California Smokejumpers, was based out of Redding. They were fighting the Saddle Back Fire, one of several dozen lightning caused fires that began on several national forests throughout northern California Sunday and Monday. The team was dispatched around 3 pm Monday and he was killed about 5 pm.

28-year old Luke Sheehy of Susanville died when debris fell out of a tree and struck him. The fire was a mile and a half southeast of Soup Springs Campground in the Modoc National Forest.

The Forest Service is launching a full review into the exact cause of his death to learn everything possible to prevent future incidents.

Our condolences go out to his family as well as the California Smokejumpers.


If you are interested in sending cards, flowers or donations to the family of Luke Sheehy, you can mail to:

Doug and Lynn Sheehy or Sheehy Family
2850 Main St.
Suite 12 #386
Susanville, CA 96130

Or the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which supports the families of all wildland firefighters killed in the line of duty. 

MAIL IN A DONATION: 
Make your check payable to:
Wildland Firefighter Foundation
2049 Airport Way, Boise ID 83705

Care of Sheehy Family -  Or online at http://www.wffoundation.org/ 

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