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Denver sheriff's deputy Anthony “Petro” Petranilli died on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, two days after being involved in a motorcycle accident.

DENVER — A Denver Sheriff’s Department deputy died Saturday night, two days after he was involved in an off-duty motorcycle crash in Littleton.

Anthony “Petro” Petranilli, 53, was riding his motorcycle on South Santa Fe Drive just south of C-470 about 3 p.m. Thursday when he collided with another vehicle, the sheriff’s department said. He was off duty when the crash happened.

Petranilli was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery. He remained on life support until about 9 p.m. Saturday. He was surrounded by family, friends and sheriff’s department staff when he died.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

“Petro was a good officer and loving father,” Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins said in a news release.

Petranilli was a 19-year veteran with the department. He is survived by a 17-year-old son. Funeral arrangements are pending.

A GoFundMe account to help his son cover funeral costs has been established.

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