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Francis Lufkin ( Winthrop 1939 )

posted: Jan 1, 2002

Francis died on February 12, l998 in Bellingham, WA. He was one of the very first smokejumpers after being selected for the 1939 experimental program to evaluate the possibility of parachuting men to fight wilderness fires. In 1940 Francis and other Forest Service staff traveled to Missoula where they established the first full-time smokejumper base. Upon returning to Winthrop he made the first fire jump in Region 6 on August 10, 1940. Francis went on to manage the North Cascades smokejumper base until 1972 when he retired after 33 years as a smokejumper.