Dave was born in Plattsburgh, New York on August 19, 1963. He attended Springfield College, in Springfield, Massachusetts, graduating in 1995. He became a paramedic in 1992, and then a firefighter/ paramedic in 1995, and served in the City of Santa Clara for 10 years, promoting to Driver/Engineer in 2001. Dave was awarded a Lifesaving Award and the Optimist Club's Firefighter of the Year award in 2005. Dave also was an instructor of fire science at Mission College.
Dave fought a long, hard and courageous battle and was an inspiration for us as he stood firm against the suffering he endured. He never backed down or complained. Dave passed away on July 22, 2006, after a 20 month battle with stage 4 melanoma with metastasis to the brain. Dave was the devoted husband of Tricia Euerle, and the loving father of Sophie, Sammy, Gracie, and Isabella.
All of Dave’s children have since received the California Fire Foundation’s Daniel A. Terry Scholarship for fallen firefighters’ children.