Danny began his career as a firefighter in 1993 when he joined the Palos Park Fire Protection District. He went on to become a paramedic, and worked for several fire departments before being hired as a full-time paramedic, and then as a firefighter, for the City of Chicago in April, 2001. Dan also worked part time for Evergreen Park Fire Department where he continued to work until his death. 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.
Daniel, 43 years old, left behind his wife of 20 years, Julie and children Amanda (16), Andrew (14) and Nicholas (12). He was a loving and devloted 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, and he was also a very active parishioner of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church. Dan had an amazing sense of humor, and was known by his fellow firefighters as a knowledgeable, dedicated, hardworking and caring man. One of his best qualities was that he always made the time for conversation and to lend a hand to those in need, which left a mark on many lives. Dan will continue to live on thru his three beautiful children and in the heart of his wife. He was a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice and he will never be forgotten.
Ignite the Spirit is offering a $2500 scholarship to students in K through 16 that will attend a tuition based school in the 2017-2018 school year. This scholarhsip is in honor of FF/PM Dan Capuano, as the job of being a firefighter is not something you do, it is something you are and Dan exemplified that in every way. Ignite the Spirit wants to honor his legacy through this scholarship in his memory. In no more than 2 paragraphs, please explain why people say being a firefighter is more than a job, it is a way of life.
Essays will be accepted September 1st thru November 1st.