Anthony “Pags” Pagliaro has passed away after fighting cancer for about 5 years.
“Pags,” as he was known, was a volunteer firefighter for the Schuyler Fire Department, where he served as EMS Chief. He was also the first recipient of Believe 271, an organization set up to support first responders battling cancer.
The Schuyler Fire Department put up buntings and are flying the flag at half-staff as they mourn the loss of one of their own. Mohawk Fire Department also acknowledged the loss and sent out their thoughts to the Pagliaro family.
Anthony Pagliaro was also a full-time paramedic that served with Kunkel Ambulance for the past 18 years. Vinnie Faraone is the Director at Kunkel and talked about the kind of guy Antony Pagliaro was.
"When you met the guy he had that like boyish honest smile on his face. You know he was just a nice guy, and he made patients feel at ease when he would go in and talk to people. You know we see people at their worst generally you know, so they’re sick, they’re confused, they’re upset, and Anthony would come in with that young look on his face and just had that nice smile that welcoming warm smile, and he was a quality paramedic. He really knew his stuff. He really took good care of patients."
Co-worker Chad Smith talked about what it will be like around the workplace without him.
"It’s devastating. It really is. Especially somebody like him who was so full of life. It’s very hard to imagine a day coming to work without seeing him, or being able to call him on the phone to ask him for advice or just to have him stop in once and a while and have some coffee and say hi. We’re going to miss him… a lot."
Anthony Pagliaro was only 36 years old and leaves behind a wife and three children.
Eannace Funeral Home is planning the funeral with the Pagliaro family. Calling hours will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica. A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Our Lady of Lourdes.