Thanks to everyone who has posted and expressed their thoughts and caring, kind words. We are so proud of Daniels' accomplishments, and the honorable man he had become. Dan was born in Des Moines, Iowa and lived in Altoona until we moved to Arizona in 1987. After graduating from Gilbert, Arizona High School in 1994, Dan soon became a Detention Officer for the Pinal County Arizona Sheriff's Department. Being the BIG strong kid he was, he was always relied upon when it came time to deal with uncooperative inmates. After his stint in detention, Dan became a Ranger for the Gila River Indian Tribe. This was a sworn position, and kind of like being a deputy for a huge Reservation. Dan then became a police officer for the Coolidge, Arizona Police Department, where he worked his way into a K9 officer position. Dan was awarded their Officer of the year award after being there his first year. Dan left Coolidge after three years, and went to work for the Superior, Arizona Police Department, where he also became a K9 Officer. This is where Dan was working when he left us. We were so proud of the job Dan performed as a police officer. He was energetic, active, and very self motivated. He was a good investigator, and worked very diligently in narcotic enforcement. Dan's active work ethic resulted in some violent struggles with offenders, resulting in Dan ending up with a broken leg on one occasion, and a recent broken hand requiring surgery. He was also an excellent dog handler, and excelled with his dog named Hunter. Dan attended every law enforcement related training he could, and had just completed Phlebotomy training. Dan had also recently joined the volunteer fire department, and had started his training to become state certified. Dan was a fun loving kind of guy, who always liked playing jokes on people, and annoying them beyond belief. Someone recently described Dan as the kind of guy you would want to strangle one minute, and hug the next. Dan had a slew of friends around Arizona he had made through his law enforcement experience, especially in Pinal County. Dan also became very close friends with the Murrieta family in Superior, who he loved like his own family. Dan was an honorable, honest, and reliable man who was highly respected by all. He will be missed beyond belief. Dan's funeral was as beautiful as could be. It was attended by approximately 350 people including police officers, friends, family, and numerous police dogs. The service included a police honor guard, bag pipes, and helicopter fly over. The support of the family by the Chandler Police Department was unbelievable, and it would have been difficult to get through his loss without it. Especially that of Sergeant Tom Lovejoy, who also knew Dan well. Many thanks to Dan's cousin, Brad McDannell, as there is no way we could have made it through this tragedy without him. Thanks also to the Chandler Fraternal Order of Police, Chandler Police team 905, and the Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association who all came through to help the family. We will be posting a few photos of Dan, and we enjoy reading your comments.