Family, friends and coworkers of a Lassen County firefighter and “smokejumper” who died in the line of duty held a memorial service for the man Sunday afternoon.
Luke Sheehy, 28, died on June 10 when a tree limb fell from 60 feet up and hit him. He was fighting a fire in Modoc County sparked by a late-season lightning storm.
Sheehy was a part of the Redding-based “California Smokejumpers” – a select group of firefighters who parachute into the heat of raging wildfires to try and stop the blaze in its tracks. He had worked as a smokejumper since 2009.
Despite the danger of jump after jump in dense, smoky, flaming forest, the U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers are rarely killed or injured in fire fights.
“The hardest part to deal with is something so simple was able to end it for him. It’s simple and random and that’s why it’s hard to take,” Cal Fire Battalion Chief Aaron Burrough told FOX40 back on June 12.
Sheehy is survived by his parents Doug and Lynn Sheehy, along with his sisters Meg and Kate.
Andria Borba contributed to this report.