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RIP Chief Fredrick “Fred” M. Cady, 1942-2019

RIP Chief Fredrick “Fred” M. Cady, 1942-2019

Fred Cady, Fort Ellis chief from 2000-2009, died in May while in Denver following a short illness.  He was 77.  

Fred joined Fort Ellis in 1996 when the department operated on a shoestring budget, mostly utilizing hand-me-down equipment and homemade vehicles.  During his long tenure both as a firefighter and as chief, Fred transformed Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue writing grants for new trucks, personal protective equipment, such as bunker gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, and upgrading the way our volunteers train and respond to emergencies.  In addition, he devoted much personal time to improving Gallatin County’s radio communications systems and how first responder agencies worked together.

A retired electrical engineering professor at MSU-Bozeman, Fred authored textbooks, wrote manuals on HAM radio equipment and spent many years as a HAM radio operator.  He particularly loved serving in leadership on large wildland fires and he developed expertise in the planning role. Many area residents will remember Fred’s willingness to give freely of his time to assist with any need however small.  His legacy in both the Gallatin County and statewide fire service is legendary and he leaves a large hole in the hearts of all Fort Ellis firefighters and board members.  

Fred is survived by his wife, Katie, a former Fort Ellis board member, and daughter, Beth. A celebration of his life is planned for September 8th, 2019 at Lindley Park in Bozeman. More information will be forthcoming on the Fort Ellis website and Facebook page.

Lauren Scull