U.S. Forest Service Firefighter, Luke Sheehy, 28, was killed on June 10th after being struck by part of a dead, falling tree just before 5 p.m.

The incident occurred while Sheehy was fighting a lightning-strike fire in the Modoc National Forest that day.

Sheehy, a member of the Redding-based California Smokejumpers, was helping to battle the Saddle Back Fire in the South Warner Wilderness about 15 miles southeast of Alturas. The Smokejumpers are firefighters who parachute into remote areas to fight forest fires.

Efforts to resuscitate him were not successful. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Alturas where he was pronounced dead.

Prior to his career with the United States Forest Service, he served 5 seasons as a firefighter for CAL FIRE and as well as being a firefighter for the Diamond Mountain Hotshots with the Bureau of Land Management. Sheehy is survived by his parents, Doug and Lynn Sheehy. Lynn Sheehy is the Plumas County Librarian. Doug Sheehy is an adjunct faculty in the music department at Lassen Community College in Susanville.

4 Responses to LUKE SHEEHY
  1. My thoughts and prayers to Luke’s family. Your son gave his life for his country.

    • Very sorry for your loss. I have lost too many wild land fire fighter friends in over 30 years working with wildfires.
      Please accept my deepest sympathy. May God bless you Cheryl, Donna, Luke’s family and friends.

  2. For all my firefighter buddies, and anybody else reading, please share this. 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.

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

    Care of Sheehy Family

    Or online at

  3. These young men train very hard and have families that love them. This is hard for everyone I still cry when I hear or see things about Luke. My son-in-law was his friend and fellow smokejumper. God bless his family all. God bless his fellow jumper family.

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