Since the age of 14 Daniel had dreamed of becoming a full time firefighter. He would jump the fence at his parents’ home to go spend time at the local fire station. As soon as he was old enough, he joined as a volunteer for the Camelot Fire Department.
At the age of 18 he joined the Army, where he received numerous awards as a military medic. He served in Iraq during Iraqi Freedom. While in the Army he continued to be a volunteer firefighter. He continued to follow his dreams of becoming a full-time firefighter. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Magnolia Fire Department. In 2013, he began working part-time for the Burnet Fire Department as a firefighter/EMT. In June of 2015, he began also working part-time for the Brady Fire Department. On September 18, 2015, he was offered his dream job. He was to become a full-time firefighter for the Brady Fire Department.
On the night of September 18, 2015, Daniel was killed in the line of duty while transporting a patient to the hospital for the Burnet Fire Department.
Daniel married his wife, Lisa, on October 15, 2011. They had two children together, Hunter and Madison. He also had two step-sons that he considered his sons, Brendon and Andy. The two most important things in the world to Daniel were being a firefighter and being a father. No matter what obstacles life threw at Daniel he would always overcome them. He would do anything for his family and friends. Daniel had fulfilled all of his dreams. He was a husband, a father, and had become a full-time firefighter.