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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

UPDATE: Latest on Saddle Back #LODD Incident Support and Luke Sheehy Memorial Ceremony

Ceremony is planned for June 23 at 1 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium in Redding, Calif.  

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

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.


Tribute Article - Luke Sheehy

Release Date: Jun 18, 2013  
Contact(s): Punky Moore

Luke Sheehy could never get enough action.  He was active from the start. Whether it was hunting, fishing, dirt biking, motorcycling, snowmobiling, mountain biking, road bikes, logging or general overall fitness, he enjoyed it all.  His biggest passion was smokejumping which he started in 2009 for the U.S. Forest Service Smokejumpers based out of Redding, Calif.
The 28-year-old firefighter from Susanville, Calif. died June 10 as a result of injuries received on a wildfire on the Modoc National Forest in northeast California. Sheehy was struck by a falling portion of a tree on the Saddle Back Fire in the South Warner Wilderness about 15 miles southeast of Alturas, Calif.
Sheehy excelled in the smokejumper program due to his candor and work ethic, was a key part of rookie training for smokejumpers and was an integral part of the Region 5 program. 
“His love of life and love for the people around him made him easy to be around,” said Josh Mathiesen, fellow smokejumper.  “These qualities allowed him to excel at whatever adventure he decided to tackle. He was extremely family-oriented and selfless. To sum Luke up in one word, he was: genuine.”
 Sheehy was not one to be boxed in.  In addition to his active lifestyle he enjoyed playing numerous musical instruments.
 “Put me in a box, I will just kick my way out of it,” fellow smokejumper Joe Maggio reported Luke saying.
 “He was genetically designed to be a smokejumper.  He was the only guy driving a Cummings diesel with Simon and Garfunkel coming out of the window.”
In addition to being a smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service, Sheehy previously worked for the Diamond Mountain Hotshots with the Bureau of Land Management and as a firefighter for CAL FIRE.
Luke attended Lassen High School and received a certificate from the Shasta College Fire Academy.  He is survived by his parents – Doug and Lynn Sheehy of Susanville, Calif.

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