Danny began his career as a firefighter on June 16, 1993, when he graduated from the District 2 Firefighter II Academy as a firefighter for Palos Fire Protection District. He went on to become a paramedic on June 14, 1996. Dan worked for Palatine Rural Fire Department before being hired by Lemont Fire Protection District on November 17, 1997. On February 1, 1999, Dan was hired to work as a paramedic/firefighter for Evergreen Park Fire Department, where he continued to work until his death.
On April 2, 2001, Dan’s dream of following in his grandfather’s footsteps was realized when he went to work, first as a paramedic and then as a firefighter, for the City of Chicago. In the early morning hours of December 14, 2015, as a member of the Chicago Fire Department, Tower Ladder 34, Daniel V. Capuano made the ultimate sacrifice when he died in the line of duty fighting a fire.
Daniel, 43 years old, leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Julie, and children, Amanda (16), Andrew (14), and Nicholas (12). He was a loving and devoted husband and father who was happiest spending time with his family or running the off-ice hockey program at St. Jude Hockey Club where his boys played hockey. He was a huge Chicago Blackhawks fan as well. Dan will also be remembered as an active parishioner of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, where he attended mass weekly with his family.
Dan had an amazing sense of humor and was known by his fellow firefighters as a knowledgeable, dedicated, hardworking, and caring man. He truly enjoyed his job and the firefighters he worked with, and he served as a mentor to the younger guys. One of his best qualities was that he always had the time to stop and have a conversation no matter what. Dan was never too busy to lend a helping hand to those in need, and he left a mark on the lives he touched.
He will continue to live on in his three beautiful children and in the heart of his wife. He will also be missed by his parents, Michael and Jacquelyn, his brothers, Mike and Patrick, and by many other extended family members, friends, and firefighters. He was a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice, and he will never be forgotten.