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Sheehy Luke ( Redding 2009 )

posted: Oct 27, 2013

Luke died June 10, 2013, when he was hit by a falling limb while working the
Saddleback Fire on the Modoc N.F.

Luke Sheehy (RDD-09) could never get enough action. He was active from
 the start. Whether it was hunting, fishing, dirt biking, motorcycling, snowmobiling, mountain biking, road bikes, logging or general overall fitness, he enjoyed it all.

“People usually have valleys and peaks in their life,” said Redding smokejumper Luis Gomez (RDD-94), “but for Luke there were no valleys. He danced from peak to peak.”

His biggest passion was smokejumping, which he started in 2009 for the U.S. Forest Service smokejumpers in Redding, Calif. Luke excelled in the smokejumper program due to his candor and work ethic. These were key parts of rookie training for smokejumpers and were integral parts of the Region 5 program.

“His love of life and love for the people around him made him easy to be around,” said his friend Aaron Burrough. “These qualities allowed him to excel at whatever adventure he decided to tackle. He was extremely family-oriented and selfless. To sum Luke up in one word, he was ‘genuine.’ ”

Luke was not one to be boxed in. In addition to his active lifestyle, he enjoyed playing numerous musical instruments.

“Put me in a box; I will just kick my way out of it,” fellow smokejumper Joe Maggio (RDD-09) reported Luke saying. “He was genetically designed to be a smokejumper. He was the only guy driving a Cummings diesel with Simon and Garfunkel coming out of the window.”

Before becoming a smokejumper, Luke worked for the Diamond Mountain Hotshots with the Bureau of Land Management and as a firefighter for CAL FIRE.

Luke attended Lassen High School and received a certificate from the Shasta College Fire Academy. He is survived by his parents, Doug and Lynn Sheehy of Susanville, Calif.; his sisters, Meg and Kate; and a large extended family.