Leslee Smith, March 26, 2024

It is with heavy hearts the WSCFF and 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. Details on the time, location, and other memorial information will be posted as soon as they are available.