Caldwell officer passes after battle with pancreatic cancer

James "Chad" Register and his wife, Diana. (Photo courtesy: The Idaho Press-Tribune)

The Caldwell Police Department is mourning the loss of officer James "Chad" Register, who passed away Friday night after fighting pancreatic cancer for a year and a half.

Chief Frank Wyant says the department and community have been pulling together to raise money for expenses and bills, but Friday evening, they knew he wasn't doing too well.

Unfortunately, Wyant and other officers arrived a little after 11 p.m., but Register had already passed away.

"Law enforcement sees things that most people don't," Wyant said. "You deal with the highs and lows, the stress and the fear, never knowing when danger's around the corner. With something like this, you see the brotherhood of it. Law enforcement agencies really jump on board with each other and help each other out."

The chief, captain and other officers then stayed with Register's family through the night.

During that time, the chief said officers from Canyon County and Nampa PD helped cover open shifts.

Boise Police, Nampa Police, and Canyon County deputies helped escort Register's body back to Caldwell at Dakan Funeral Chapel, where he will remain until the memorial service on Thursday.

The time and location for the memorial has not yet been released.

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