Line of Duty Deaths Database

Leslee Denise Smith
Leslee Denise Smith
L0106, Bellingham
Type of Duty
Fire Suppression
Fatal Injury Cause
Contact/Exposure - Smoke/Toxic Fire Prod.
Nature of Fatal Injury
Cancer - Liver
Date of Death
Year Placed On Wall
Multiple Line of Duty Incident
No information available
Website Comments
It is with deepest regret and sorrow that we report the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Leslee Smith, IAFF 7th District Local 106 – Bellingham, Washington. Sister Smith, 69, passed away on March 26, 2024 after succumbing to occupational cancer.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 1 p.m. at the Blaine Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street, Blaine WA 98230; phone: (360) 332-5881.

Expressions of sympathy and condolences for the local and the family can be sent to IAFF Local 106, PO Box 1024, Bellingham, WA 98227-1024.
Biographical Comments
It is with heavy hearts that Local 106 Bellingham/Whatcom Fire FIghters mourn the Line-of-Duty-Death of Lieutenant Leslee Smith, who served North Whatcom Fire and Rescue with courage and dedication for over 22 years before retiring in 2021.

Leslee’s dedication to protecting and contributing to her community extended far beyond selfless acts of putting her life on the line responding to countless fires and medical emergencies. She was a volunteer with the City of Blaine Fire Department and North Whatcom’s first career female firefighter, and our first female officer. She truly served as a role model and inspiration for women hoping to become firefighters. Her devotion and tenacity led to greater diversity and inclusion within the fire department.

Sadly, Leslee was diagnosed with an occupational related cancer due to hazardous exposures while on the job, and she fought this disease with the same bravery and determination that she brought to firefighting. Although the cancer ultimately took her life, her selfless sacrifice and contributions to her community will never be forgotten.

Leslee was more than a firefighter; she was a hero and a friend. Her legacy is etched in the hearts of those she touched, from her fellow firefighters to the countless lives she saved and inspired.

Leslee will forever be remembered as a trailblazer firefighter and courageous guardian of her community. Please keep Leslee’s family, friends, and her fire service family in your thoughts and prayers.

A full Line Of Duty honors service is planned for June 29, 2024.
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