Chad Cate, January 12, 2023

With great sadness, the WSCFF reports the death of Captain Charles “Chad” Cate, Local 2933 Clallam County #3.

Captain Chad Cate died in his sleep at the fire station after returning from structure fire. He was found by his crew when he did not arise for the 7 am station duties.

Captain Cate was raised in the Sequim area, and graduated from Sequim High School where he continued to be involved as the wrestling coach. He was hired by Clallam County Fire District 3 in 1997 as a fire fighter/paramedic and promoted to the rank of captain in 2020. He was 46 years old. He leaves behind his wife, 2-year-old son, and two adult children.

Memorial Information:

Saturday, January 21
12:30 p.m.
Sequim High School

The public and members of the fire service are welcome to attend. To join in the procession of fire apparatus before the memorial, participants must register in advance at Please read for more information.