Celebrating the life and service of one of our own
Information and photo provided by South Metro Fire Rescue
Bell service for South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) Firefighter Paramedic Anthony “Tony” Palato rang out at Castle Pines Fire Station 36 on September 15, signifying the last call for a brave servant in the community.
Palato began his career with Sheridan Fire Department and later joined the Cunningham Fire Protection District (CFPD) in 2000. In 2018, CFPD unified with SMFR, where Palato worked until he medically retired on March 1 of this year.
Unexpectedly diagnosed with an occupational cancerous tumor in 2017, Palato went into remission a few years ago, but tragically the cancer returned.
“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,” stated a representative from SMFR.
In honor of Palato and his service, flags were flown at half-staff at all SMFR facilities, and SMFR personnel wore shrouded badges as a sign of honor and remembrance.
Passing peacefully, Tony was surrounded by a strong support network including his wife, their two daughters and his second family of firefighters.