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Proclaimed Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month puts spotlight on honored Caldwell officer

Officer James "Chad" Register. (file)

The mayor of Caldwell is proclaiming November as a month to remember a fallen officer during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

"I Garrett L Nancolis, Mayor of the City of Caldwell, do hereby proclaim the month of November 2016 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and the James "Chad" Register Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day."

James "Chad" Register was a Caldwell Police officer who died in June after an extended fight against pancreatic cancer.

Through his battle, Register acted as though nothing was wrong. He kept showing up to work even after the cancer spread to his lungs, liver, and spine.

"He had worked through that and he had powered through that because he just wanted to be a cop," said Diana Register, Chad's wife.

Now after dedicating his life to serving the people of Caldwell, the city Register protected is dedicated to serving his memory.

Mayor Nancolis declared Nov. 17, 2016 as James "Chad" Register Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day.

Chad's daughter Kaitlyn said it makes her proud to know that all of Caldwell is honoring her father and joining together to help raise awareness and find a cure for the disease that took her father from her too soon.

"Focusing on how like it's such a big problem," Kaitlyn said. "And how we need to have more research and just how they're all coming together to make it better."

Diana added her husband would be proud to know that even in death he is still making a positive impact on the community he loved so much.

"He made an impact," Diana said. "And I don't even know that chad knew what an impact he made."

Purple ribbons are used as a national symbol for pancreatic cancer awareness.

Both Caldwell and Nampa Police officers are wearing the ribbons this month.

Diana asks everyone to also wear one in Chad's honor.

Nov. 17 will be recognized as Officer Chad Register day not only in Caldwell, but Nampa too.

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