Daniel Patrick McCann III was born in Miami, Florida, on September 16, 1965. At age seven weeks, he came to Kearny, New Jersey, into the home and hearts of Daniel and Dorothy McCann. Daniel has two loving sisters, Marybeth and Laura Jo. In 2015, Daniel married his loving wife, Stefanie McCann.
At a young age, Daniel fell in love with fire trucks and ambulances. His first rescue happened when he was four years old. His mom was making popcorn that caught fire. She instructed him to take his two-year-old sister down the stairs to safety. When the real firefighters and engines came to the house, he was thrilled!
He studied electronic technology at NJIT, but soon found his true calling. A New Jersey certified EMT at age 18, he became a faithful volunteer on his hometown squad (KVERS), serving as captain for four years. He was employed by Nutley EMS for ten years and was chief engineer at Manasquan Hook and Ladder Company 1. In 1991, the Knights of Columbus honored him as EMT of the Year. Daniel served over 30 years in EMS and over 27 with his fire company.
Daniel was a member of the Professional Car Society, where he served as president for a number of years. Daniel lived a life to help others any way that he could. That was evident in the countless hours he dedicated to emergency services and by the way he carried himself on a daily basis.
Daniel was a Miami Dolphins fan and loved the New York Mets. He was a Christmas enthusiast and loved everything the holidays would bring–putting out the Nativity manger with his Poppy and stringing the lights with his Dad, listening to Christmas music the moment it started playing, and spending time with his family. On Christmas Eve, he drove Santa around on the fire truck to deliver presents to the children in town.
Daniel passed into eternal rest in the early hours of his 51st birthday, leaving behind his loving wife, his parents, sisters, in-laws, countless other family members, and unforgettable friends.
Danny loved God, country, family, and service. His life work brought him brotherhood, friendship, happiness, and fulfillment. He will continue to live on in our memory as we carry him with us always. He is missed, cherished deeply, and loved by all that knew him.