Dan was born and raised in Warren, Ohio and graduated from Warren G Harding High School in 1984 and Kent State University in 1989. There he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He has worked for the Lake County Narcotics Agency, Cleveland Heights PD and is currently a Sergeant in the Shaker Heights PD.
He has been married for 25 years and has four children. His oldest son has followed his footsteps into law enforcement.