SEPT. 8, 2002

John Daniel Marshall: Destined for That Uniform

It was one of those moments that suggest some firefighters are born with a hat and jacket with their name, on a hook somewhere, just waiting.

John Daniel Marshall, known as Dan, was not a firefighter, not quite yet, that Sunday evening driving home from a shore weekend, a fire extinguisher in his Ford pickup. Here's how his sister, Doreen Rowland, tells it:

He leaves Ocean Beach, N.J., about 5:30, says goodbye to his wife, Lori, and daughter, Paige, 3