'Those dogs are certainly part of our lives, they're our partners'

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

ROSEBURG, Ore. - After only a short time with the Roseburg Fire Department, K-9 Cade has unfortunately passed away.

The Roseburg Fire Department said goodbye to their public relations K-9 "Cascadian," also known as Cade, who had been dealing with complications from liver cancer. The loss is felt even deeper by his owner and Battalion Chief, Chris Sutton.

Cade served the department for a short eight months, but left a big impact on the community. The family also suffered a loss back in October when Cade's brother, Hank, also passed away form lymphoma.

"It's kind of been an empty house, and a tough transition," said Sutton. "Those dogs are certainly part of our lives -- they're our partners. They're pets when they're home, but they're working partners in the field. So it's definitely a big loss for us."

Looking ahead, the Roseburg Fire Department plans to find another working K-9 this summer.

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