With great sadness, South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) announces the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter Paramedic Anthony Palato, who passed away peacefully on September 15, 2021. In 2017, Firefighter Paramedic Palato, known to his family and co-workers as “Tony,” was unexpectedly diagnosed with an occupational cancerous tumor, and although he went into remission a few years ago, tragically the cancer returned. Tony was surrounded with a strong support network including his wife, their two daughters and his second family of firefighters.
Firefighter Paramedic Palato began his fire service career with the City of Sheridan Fire Department and later joined the Cunningham Fire Protection District in 2000. In 2018 Cunningham unified with South Metro Fire Rescue where Tony worked until he medically retired on March 1, 2021. 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.
Because Tony’s cancer is considered job-related, his memorial service is classified as Level I Line of Duty Death. Flags will be flown at half-staff at all SMFR facilities and badges worn by SMFR personnel will be shrouded until further notice.
Memorial Service Details are Below:
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 Time: 11:00 am
Location: Denver First Church 3800 E Hampden Avenue Englewood, CO 80113
Following the memorial service at approximately 1:45 p.m., an emergency vehicle procession will begin. Our community is encouraged to line the route to show their support. We will be posting this information soon.
** Any outside agencies who would like to attend the funeral