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Christopher Joseph Seelye


Firefighter Seelye was assigned as a tree faller at the Klone Fire about 20 miles north of Wenatchee, Washington. As Firefighter Seelye worked on the fire line, he told other firefighters that he did not feel well. He was treated by EMS responders assigned to the fire and then transported to a local hospital. He died later that day in the hospital as the result of a heart attack.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Christopher Joseph Seelye was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

USDA Forest Service
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, Washington 98801

Chief: Forest Supervisor Rebecca Heath

Age: 61
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: September 17, 2012
Date of death: September 17, 2012
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Support
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: March 27, 2018