Anthony “Tony” Palato, a veteran firefighter and paramedic in the metro area, died of cancer on Wednesday. South Metro Fire Rescue announced that Palato died in the “Line of Duty.”
South Metro Fire Rescue announces with great sadness the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter Paramedic Anthony Palato, who passed away peacefully today, September 15, 2021. pic.twitter.com/LcPULI167e
— South Subway Fire Department (@SouthMetroPIO) September 15, 2021
Palato began his career with the Sheridan Fire Department and joined the Cunningham Fire Department in 2000, according to the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority. Cunningham merged with South Metro in 2018.
SMFR said Palato, who was diagnosed with an “occupational cancerous tumor” in 2017, had gone into remission but returned. Palato retired in March due to cancer.
“As a paramedic for 21 years, Tony will no doubt be greatly missed, as he touched many lives and will be remembered as a kind, caring and caring person with the heart of a true servant,” the fire department said.
On Wednesday, flags were flown to semi-staff at SMFR facilities and staff badges were covered in memory of Palato.
Survived by his wife; SMFR said on Twitter its two daughters and “second firefighter family.”