By Jesse Sarles

(CBS4) – South Metro Fire Rescue firefighter paramedic Anthony Palato passed away last week after a battle with occupational cancer, leaving behind his wife and two daughters. A memorial service happened on Tuesday.

Anthony Palato

Anthony Palato (credit: South Metro Fire)

The service will take place at Denver First Church in Englewood at 11 a.m. That’s at 3800 East Hampden Avenue. Then a procession will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m.

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Tony, as friends and family called him, served Colorado as a firefighter paramedic with all his heart for 21 years. He was 55.

Gov. Jared Polis ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings on Tuesday in honor of Palato.

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Palato’s fire service career began with the City of Sheridan then with Cunningham Fire before the department unified with South Metro Fire Rescue.

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Jesse Sarles