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UnionActive IAFF Newswire
Fire Medic Palato Line of Duty Death
Updated On: Sep 30, 2021

With great sadness, South Metro Fire Rescue announces the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter Paramedic Anthony Palato who passed away peacefully today, September 15, 2021.

In 2017 Firefighter Paramedic Palato, known to his family and co-workers as “Tony,” was unexpectedly diagnosed with an occupational cancerous tumor, and although he went into remission a few years ago, tragically the cancer returned.

Tony began his career with Sheridan Fire Department and later joined the Cunningham Fire Protection District in 2000. In 2018 Cunningham unified with South Metro Fire Rescue where Tony worked until he medically retired on March 1, 2021.

As a paramedic for 21 years, there is no doubt that Tony touched many lives and will be remembered as a kind, caring and compassionate person with a true servant’s heart, he will be greatly missed.

Effective immediately, flags will be flown at half-staff at all SMFR facilities and badges worn by SMFR personnel will be shrouded until further notice.

Tony was surrounded with a strong support network including his wife, their two daughters and his second family of firefighters. Details of Firefighter Paramedic Palato’s memorial service will be shared as soon as possible.

Family, friends, colleagues, local members and Honor Guard gathered at a hospice in Denver to transport Firefighter Paramedic Palato to Olinger Crown Hill in Wheat Ridge. Firefighters will provide an Honor Watch around the clock until his formal apparatus procession and funeral service next week. Thank you to our community members and agency partners for your support during this very difficult time.

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