Luke Douglas Foster Sheehy

Firefighter Sheehy and two other Smokejumpers were dropped into the South Warner Wilderness of the Modoc National Forest. Firefighters were assigned to cut a fire line around a tree that had been hit by lightning. While they were working, a limb fell from the tree and struck Firefighter Sheehy.

Other firefighters started CPR and called for a helicopter. Other Smokejumpers and medical equipment were dropped at the site to assist. The helicopter arrived at 1819hrs and transported Firefighter Sheehy to a hospital. Despite all efforts to revive him, he did not survive. His death was caused by traumatic injuries.

Incident Location: South Warner Wilderness about 15 miles southeast of Alturas, CA (USNG: 10T GL 36 77).

Department Information

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region
1323 Club Drive
USNG: 10S EH 6452 1543
Vallejo, California 94592

Chief: Regional Forester Randy Moore

Luke Douglas Foster Sheehy 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.
Age: 28 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Wildland Part-Time 
Incident date: Jun 10, 2013 16:55
Date of death: Jun 10, 2013 
Cause of death: Struck By 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Support 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property