HonoringCharles Cate

Sequim, WA

EOW: Jan. 12, 2023 | Cause: Unknown

Age: 46 Tour: 29 Years Badge: Unknown

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A longtime Sequim native, a first responder and a youth sports coach, Capt. Charles “Chad” Cate was found deceased in his Clallam County Fire District 3 bunk in the early morning hours of Jan. 12. According to Fire District 3 officials, Cate was last seen with a firefighter crew responding to a fire alarm activation at a commercial building at about 2:25 a.m.; following the call, the crew returned to the station and went to bed.

Cate, a Sequim High School graduate, began serving as a volunteer firefighter in 1994, was hired by the fire district in 1996 as firefighter/EMT, added “paramedic” to his qualifications in 2001, and was promoted to the rank of captain in 2021.

“Charlie (Chad) was one of those guys you loved to work with; he was kind, considerate, and light-hearted. He was an exceptionally caring and compassionate paramedic. He was a solid firefighter; one you knew would come to your rescue if you ever found yourself in peril. Charlie was a dedicated paramedic preceptor whose legacy will certainly live on through the care and compassion he instilled in the next generation. He was a genuine and sincere friend who will be greatly missed. This one hurts.” – Derrell Sharp, formerly worked with Chad.

Cate is survived by his wife Renee, a 2 year-old son Charles Thomas Cate III, and two adult children: Harrison, who is a Cadet 4th Class at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Ashleigh, who is serving in the U.S. Army as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne.

Through the generosity of our donors, we had the honor of hand-delivering vital resources to help ease their financial hardship while mourning.


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