Clallam County, WA Fire Captain Found Unresponsive in Bunk

By Bill Carey
13 January 2022

SEQUIM, Washington – Clallam County Fire District 3, along with Radio Pacific, have announced the death of a firefighter Thursday while on duty.

In a Facebook post the fire department press release said that Captain Charles “Chad” Cate was found deceased in his bunk on 12 January at approximately 7:00 a.m. when his crew attempted to wake him.

Captain Cate was last seen having responded to a fire alarm activation at a commercial building in the early morning hours. He and the other firefighters had returned to bed following the call.

Cate, 46, was hired by the department in 1997. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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