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South Metro Fire Rescue firefighter and paramedic dies of occupational cancer

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.”

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.

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