Dana's first duty as a firefighter was with the Wyckoff, NJ volunteer fire department where he was recognized for bravery at a house fire. Dana also received a medal when he served with the Bridgeport, Conn fire department.

He was appointed to the FDNY on 11/14/99 and had served the first rotation period of his probation in Ladder Company 34. He was expected to return there upon the completion of his probationary period. Dana was working with Engine Company 26 on September 11, 2001.

During his short time with Ladder 34 Dana exhibited the desire to learn and a love for the job that made him accepted by his fellow firefighters in just a short time. May he rest in peace.