CENTENNIAL, Colo. (KRDO) -- South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) announced Firefighter Paramedic Anthony Palato has passed away after battling with an occupational cancerous tumor.
According to 9News, Palato passed away peacefully early Wednesday, said South Metro Fire Rescue. His family and co-workers knew Palato as Tony.
A few years ago, Palato went into remission, however, cancer returned. Palato was diagnosed with an occupational cancerous tumor in 2017.
Palato began his career with the City of Sheridan Fire Department. In 2000, he continued his career with Cunningham Fire Protection District. Cunningham consolidated with City of Sheridan Fire Department in 2018. Palato worked for City of Sheridan Fire Department until he medically retired on March 1, 2021.
"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," said a statement from SMFR.
Palato's memorial service will be announced at a later date.
With great sadness, South Metro Fire Rescue announces the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter Paramedic Anthony Palato who passed away peacefully today, September 15, 2021. pic.twitter.com/LcPULI167e— South Metro Fire Rescue (@SouthMetroPIO) September 15, 2021