Cascade, Roseburg Fire Department's public relations K9, passes away

Cascade, the public relations K9 for Roseburg Fire Department, passed away on Dec. 24, 2017. (Photo via Roseburg Fire Department)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Cascade, the public relations K9 for Roseburg Fire Department, has passed away, the department said Tuesday.

"It is with a broken heart and much sadness that we announce the passing of our public relations K9, Cascade (aka Cade)," RFD said on social media. "Cascade passed away on Christmas Eve due to complications from cancer. Cascade joined our department in May of this year when we hired his partner, Battalion Chief Chris Sutton."

Cascade had recently participated in a Kuki City presentation at the department as well as participating in the Veteran’s Day Parade this year.

He was a retired "live find, air scent dog" certified by Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment for avalanche search and rescue, the department said.

He was raised and trained by his owners, Chris and Hannah Sutton, from 12 weeks old.

He had a successful career in the mountains of Colorado, which included many missions for victims trapped in snow slides or missing persons.

Cascade served in locating three victims in various missions.

As a senior dog in the CRAD program, he also worked to train new handlers.

After retiring at age 9, he resumed work with special needs populations, in schools, and general outreach for ski areas and the fire service.

Cascade passed away only two short months after his brother, Hank, who passed away from leukemia.

"Our thoughts are with Chris and Hannah Sutton during this difficult time. We will miss you Cascade (aka Cade)," RFD said.

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