Friends, family host fundraiser for fallen Caldwell officer's family

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

Caldwell officer James Chad Register didn't just protect the community.

He also loved his family and friends.

"He was always very perfect and he needed to get everything done his way," said Kaitlyn Register, James' daughter.

On June 25, Register passed away, 18 months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

A cancer, his wife Diana says, can be hard to detect and those who are diagnosed typically never survive.

"Chad was lucky, sort of, that the tumor was blocking his bile duct, which caused him to be jaundice," Diana said. "It was actually his patrol team that saw that first."

Since Chad's death, the Nampa and Caldwell Police departments have come together to set up fundraisers to help the Register family get back on its feet. On Thursday, friends and co-workers participated in a golf tournament at Purple Sage Golf Course. It's the least they can do for a man who meant so much to them.

"I feel guilty for other wives who have lost their husbands who haven't had this kind of support because I don't know how we would have been able to get through it without them," Diana said.

"When you work with them that close, when you are protecting other people's lives," Caldwell chief Frank Wyant said. "Officers are protecting each other's lives and you see the darkest things sometimes in society. "To have a guy like that and then to not have him here anymore.. It leaves a hole."

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