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Body of missing fire Chief Clayton Cassidy found in Cache Creek

Clayton Cassidy is shown in this undated handout photo.
Clayton Cassidy is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Province of British Columbia, Don Craig

The body of Cache Creek fire Chief Clayton Cassidy has been found, nearly a month after he was swept away by rushing water.

Ashcroft RCMP said Cassidy was located in Cache Creek on Saturday around 10:30 p.m.

The Ashcroft Fire Department discovered his remains, which were located a short distance away from the bridge washout area where he vanished on May 5 after he went to check rising water levels.

Ashcroft RCMP, search-and-rescue technicians from Kamloops and the Ashcroft Fire Department, worked throughout the night on recovery efforts.

Late Sunday morning, RCMP said Cassidy’s body had been recovered.

Cassidy, who had been with the Cache Creek Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years, was honoured with the Medal of Good Citizenship in 2016. He was awarded the medal for helping Cache Creek residents following the town’s devastating flood in 2015.

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At the time Cassidy received the medal, B.C. Premier Christy Clark said, “In an emergency, some people rise to the occasion, and others go above and beyond. Nobody had to ask Clayton Cassidy to take a leading role after a devastating flood – he simply stepped up, and made a difference when it was needed most. He continues to find ways to contribute to his neighbours and community without thought of recognition or reward.”

Along with being head of the volunteer fire department, Cassidy was involved in the community as a minor coach in hockey, soccer and softball.

Cassidy was 59 years old.

– With files from Paula Baker, Rumina Daya and The Canadian Press

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