Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hundreds Gather to Mourn B.C. Fire Chief Killed in Flooding Creek

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hundreds Gather to Mourn B.C. Fire Chief Killed in Flooding Creek

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Hundreds mourn B.C. fire chief killed in flooding

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CACHE CREEK, B.C. - Hundreds gathered at a memorial in British Columbia's Interior to honour a fire chief swept away in a swollen creek last month.

Clayton Cassidy went missing on May 5 while checking the water levels of Cache Creek and after an exhaustive search, his body was found by Ashcroft fire officials three weeks later.

Firefighters from across B.C. and hundreds of others jammed Cache Creek Park arena to take part in the memorial service Saturday.

There wasn't a dry eye in the house when his three sons rose to speak.

Ken Cassidy said the loss of their father was unfair and sudden, and saying goodbye is impossible, while Kevin Cassidy said he wished there was a bigger word than thank you for the people who spent weeks looking for their father. …

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