Body of miss­ing Cache Creek fire chief found

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The body of a fire chief be­lieved to have been swept away by high flood wa­ters in Bri­tish Columbia’s In­te­rior has been found.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the Ashcroft fire depart­ment found Clay­ton Cas­sidy’s body in the wa­ter at about 10:30 p.m. Satur­day, dur­ing its daily pa­trol of Cache Creek.

Cas­sidy had been miss­ing since May 5, fol­low­ing heavy rain­fall and in­tense flood­ing. He was last known to be check­ing wa­ter lev­els in Cache Creek, and his ve­hi­cle was later found at the site.

He was thought to have been swept away by the flood wa­ter, and was pre­sumed dead af­ter sev­eral days. Moskaluk said the discovery ap­pears to con­firm that the­ory.

“It’s thought that Mr. Cas­sidy had fallen in the creek sev­eral weeks ago when we had tor­ren­tial down­pours in the area,” he said.

Moskaluk says re­cov­ery ef­forts are still on­go­ing. “We’re con­fi­dent that we should be able to com­plete a safe re­cov­ery to­day,” he said.

Cache Creek mayor John Ranta said Cas­sidy was “highly re­spected” in the com­mu­nity.

Af­ter floods hit the area in May of 2015, Cas­sidy worked hard to help res­i­dents whose homes were dam­aged. He was given a Medal of Good Ci­ti­zen­ship by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for his ser­vice.

“He worked day af­ter day af­ter day af­ter day, 14-hour days, help­ing peo­ple that had de­bris in their yards or sand and gravel or what­not,” Ranta said. “He just worked tire­lessly un­til the whole com­mu­nity was cleaned up.”

Ranta said Cas­sidy’s death will be deeply felt in Cache Creek. “While flood dam­age can be re­paired and we can take mea­sures to pre­vent fur­ther flood­ing, the thing that can’t be re­placed is the life of Clay­ton Cas­sidy. That will be a tragedy that lives with us for years to come,” he said.

It’s thought that Mr. cas­sidy had fallen in the creek sev­eral weeks ago. RCMP CPL. DAN MOSKALUK

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS/HO — PROV­INCE OF B.C., DON CRAIG

Clay­ton cas­sidy’s body was found dur­ing a daily pa­trol of cache creek.

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