Anthony “Tony” Palato, a veteran firefighter and paramedic in the metro area, died of cancer on Wednesday. South Metro Fire Rescue announced that Palato had died in the “line of duty”.
With great sadness, South Metro Fire Rescue announces the on-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
According to the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, Palato began his career with the Sheridan Fire Department and joined the Cunningham Fire Department in 2000. Cunningham merged with South Metro in 2018.
Diagnosed in 2017 as an “occupational cancerous tumour,” the SMFR said Palmetto’s cancer was remission, but it came back. Palato retired in March due to his cancer.
The Fire Department said, “As a paramedic for 21 years, there is no doubt that Tony has touched the lives of many and as a kind, caring and compassionate man with the heart of a true servant. I will be remembered.”
On Wednesday, flags were flown at half-staff at SMFR facilities and personnel badges were put up in tribute to Palato.
He is survived by his wife; Two daughters and “their second family of firefighters,” SMFR said on Twitter.