South Metro Fire Rescue firefighter and paramedic die of occupational cancer

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.

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.

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