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Smokejumpers to honor fallen colleague, present commemorative parachute

Published On: Jun 21 2013 09:56:40 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

The United States Forest Service smokejumpers are preparing to honor one of their own.

Family, friends and firefighters will pay their final respects to fallen smokejumper Luke Sheehy. The entire Redding-based smokejumpers troop will attend Sunday’s memorial service.

Sheehy, 28, was killed by a falling tree limb while he was fighting a lightning fire in Modoc County. He was stationed in Redding.

His colleagues will be bringing along a commemorative item to honor their fallen friend.

Fellow smokejumpers will present a parachute, attached with a custom-made panel, on Sunday.

On it is Luke's name in large, white letters. There is also an emblem in the center to represent his nickname in the unit, "The Pale Rider".

Katie Scheer is a recently-retired smokejumper. She said the entire Redding station is a close-knit family, and Luke was a special piece.

"Usually you're just a closed-mouthed person, and you just do what you're told,” said Scheer. “But Luke was never afraid to stand up for what he believed in, and called people out when he thought things could be done a better way. He gave his all, absolutely! You can't say enough good things about Luke Sheehy."

Along with the weekend memorials, there are options to make a donation in memory of Luke Sheehy.

For more information on how to donate -- visit this link on our website.