Anthony “Tony” Palato, a veteran firefighter and paramedic in the metro area, died Wednesday of cancer. South Metro Fire Rescue has announced that Palato has passed away in the line of duty.
With great sadness, South Metro Fire Rescue announces the passing of paramedic firefighter Anthony Palato, who passed away peacefully today, September 15, 2021. pic.twitter.com/LcPULI167e
– Southern Metro Fire Rescue (@SouthMetroPIO) September 15, 2021
Palato began his career with the Sheridan Fire Department and he joined the Cunningham Fire Department in 2000, according to the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority. Cunningham merged with South Metro in 2018.
Diagnosed with an “occupational cancerous tumor” in 2017, Palato’s cancer went into remission but came back, SMFR said. Palato retired in March because of his cancer.
“As a paramedic for 21 years, there is no doubt that Tony has touched many lives and will be remembered as a kind, caring and compassionate person with a true servant’s heart, he will be sadly missed,” he said. declared the fire department.
On Wednesday, flags at SMFR’s facilities were hoisted to half of the staff and staff badges were wrapped in tribute to Palato.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters and “her second family of firefighters,” SMFR said on Twitter.