LODD: USFS Smokejumper Luke Sheehy

Luke SheehyA memorial is planned for this Sunday in honor of 28-year-old Luke Sheehy, the California Smokejumper killed last week while fighting a fire in the Saddle Back Fire Wilderness Area when part of a tree fell and struck him. The Sunday memorial service is open to family, close friends and fire service members.

Memorial Service

Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Redding Civic Auditorium
200 Auditorium Drive
Redding, CA

Service Details

Employees attending as official agency representatives are authorized salary and travel expenses, if needed. All Redding Smokejumpers and employees who work at the Northern California Service Center are approved to attend as official agency representatives as approved by their supervisors. Each Forest in Region 5 is approved to send two to five official representatives, with a focus on those who knew and worked with Luke. The Modoc National Forest may request to send additional representatives recognizing this tragic incident occurred there.

Forest Supervisors should provide the names of those representatives to the Deputy Regional Forester, Jeanne Wade Evans (jwade@fs.fed.us) and Paige Boyer (prboyer@fs.fed.us) by TODAY at 12:00 pm.

Employees attending as designated agency representatives shall use their base program job code with transaction code 01 (TC-01) on their T&A and shall be compensated for travel expenses as appropriate. The ceremony does not meet the criteria for the overtime pay provision (Public Law 106-558) and coding with prefix 11 is not permitted.

Other Forest Service employees, who are not designated as official agency representatives, are encouraged to attend at their own expense. In honoring the family’s wishes, the focus of attendance at the memorial will be the family members, close friends, smokejumpers, and others from the fire community. Seating is limited to 2230 at the Civic Auditorium and priority seating will be for those mentioned above. Remaining seats are open to those who wish to come celebrate and honor Luke.

The field uniform with short sleeves (no tie) is the approved uniform for this event, dark green Nomex is the preferred pants. The smokejumpers will be wearing attire requested by the Sheehy family.


Donations and condolences can be sent to Doug and Lynn Sheehy or the Sheehy Family at 2850 Main St., Suite 12, #386, Susanville, CA 96130.