Firefighter Found Dead in His Bunk – Tragedy Labeled ‘Completely Unexpected’

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A 46-year-old Washington state firefighter was found dead in his bunk Thursday morning only hours after returning from a call.

“It is with deep sadness, that Clallam County Fire District 3 must inform the local and fire service community of the Line of Duty Death of one of our officers this morning, Captain Charles ‘Chad’ Cate,” Fire Chief Ben Andrews wrote in a Facebook post on the page of Clallam County Fire District 3.

“Captain Cate was discovered deceased in his bunk by members of his crew when they attempted to wake him this morning around 7 a.m.,” the post said.

Cate had visited two fire scenes in the early hours of Thursday, according to the Peninsula Daily News.

Cate had responded to a fire alarm activation that took place at a commercial building at about 2.25 a.m. and returned to the station.

At about 4 a.m., he contacted a fellow captain and the duty chief that he had visited the site of an earlier house fire to tell them everything was alright at the scene.

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