LODD: Colo. FF-medic dies of occupational-related cancer

Anthony Palato, described as having a “true servant’s heart,” was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in 2017

Duty Death: Anthony Palato - [Centennial, Colorado]

End of Service: 09/15/2021

By Rachel Engel

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A South Metro Fire Rescue firefighter has died after a battle with cancer.

Anthony Palato was diagnosed with an occupational cancerous tumor in 2017, 9 News reported. He went into remission a few years ago, but the cancer returned. Palato died early Wednesday morning.

“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,” a statement from SMFR read.

In honor of Palato, all SMFR facilities will fly flags at half-staff, and badges will be “shrouded until further notice.”

Palato entered the fire service with the City of Sheridan Fire Department, before joining the Cunningham Fire Protection District, which later unified with SMFR in 2018.

Palato is survived by his wife and two daughters.  


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