Longtime Burbank Fireman Steve Sheehey Retires

Engineer Steve Sheehey at the pump panel of his old Engine 16. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In a packed fire station dining, room friends and family gathered to bid a happy retirement to Firefighter Steve Sheehey, who was the most senior member of the department.  Sheehey was hired December 16,
1974 and after a year of probation, became a permanent Firefighter in 1975.  He became a Paramedic in 1979 and the Fire Engineer in 1980.

Burbank Firefighter Steve Sheehey on his final ride of his 38 year career with Burbank Fire Department. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Steve was originally born in Los Angeles but his family moved to Burbank during his junior high school days, and graduated from John Burroughs in the class of 1971.  He played football, basketball, baseball, and even ran track. He married his wife Lori in 1976.

Steve has 2 sons who both also graduated from John Burroughs.  His oldest son Aaron, who is 29 years-old, starts with the Burbank Fire Department in a couple of weeks.

Steve is credited with being the first to teach a CPR class in the City of Burbank, he was also a Gold Medal Winner in the Firefighter Olympics in tennis and on the basketball team.

Steve was also known for working the most overtime for the past 38 years, he will now be able to prefect his golf game and his bass fishing, in which he has won Mr. Bass Lake in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Plenty of family and friends gathered to say farewell to Firefighter Steve Sheehey. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Steve Sheehey’s family attended his retirement farewell at Station 11. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)