Brian McDaniel would have been working his shift today.
But instead, Dallas Fire Rescue Station 36 is remembering their colleague who died in Sunday’s NYC helicopter crash.
McDaniel, a two-year veteran of DFR who was assigned to Station 36, was in New York, visiting close high school friend Trevor Cadigan over the weekend, when the two boarded a Eurocopter AS350 hired for a private photo shoot Sunday evening.
McDaniel's Lieutenant, Judson Ray Smith said he always looked forward to seeing McDaniel every time he came to work.
"He made it fun to be at the fire station," Smith said.
Smith said when he got the news that McDaniel may have been involved in the helicopter accident it made him sick to his stomach.
"Everyone that knew him, liked him." Smith said.
Firefighter, Daniel Fox said this is a loss for the entire station.
"16 years, I've been on, met a lot of different men and women on this job and there's a few that stand out and Brian was one of those," Fox said.