Putting his own life on the line is part of the job for Fort Wayne firefighter Dan Monaco, 34, who meets anyone’s definition of a hero. However, he defers that accolade to his wife of three years, Taylor. “She works full-time for a non-profit while taking care of our one-and-a-half-year-old son. She’s our spiritual leader, bringing positivity and joy into our home. Despite a full schedule, she makes sure family time is set aside and we make time to stop and appreciate each other. Not to mention, she’s easy on the eyes,” he chuckled.
Monaco grew up in southern California, finished his bachelor’s degree in media communications at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and has lived in Fort Wayne for the past seven years. He chose firefighting as a career because he was not interested in pursuing big money or status— rather he wanted to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He knows on a scene he may be meeting people on the worst day of their lives, but he said, “It’s a blessing to be able to help them. I try to use my training and experience to make that bad time a little better, a little easier, for that person.” Another reason he chose firefighting is each day is different. “I have no idea who I will see or who I will meet during my 24-hour shift.” He appreciates his co-workers as well, reporting they are, “top-notch, passionate, hard-working men and women (who) care about each other and the community. I really love the people I work with.”
While his dedication to his profession is evident, Monaco hasn’t lost sight of the bigger picture. “I try to put God and family above all else,” he said. Although he loves his job, it does not define him. “I find my (greatest) value in being a husband and a father.”
Monaco holds his co-workers in high regard and certainly loves his job. But whom does he most appreciate? “Taylor puts her ‘all’ into everything she does,” he said. “She’s in love with being a mom, she’s passionate about her work and she takes pride in running a household. My wife is the true hero of our family.”
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