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With great sadness, South Metro Fire Rescue announces the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter/Paramedic Anthony Palato.
A civil rights investigation that was launched amid outrage over the death of Elijah McClain found a deeply engrained culture of racially biased policing within the department.
The case could carry implications for the entire emergency medical profession.
Three suburban Denver police officers and two paramedics were indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of Elijah McClain.
Unlike police and fire, EMS is not considered an essential service by Colorado, which is the norm in this country.
A gunman is believed to have shot and killed an officer and another person in a shopping district in a Denver suburb Monday before being fatally shot by police, authorities said.