This week's Hometown Hero is Kenmore West Senior High School graduate Daniel Burger. He's a Captain in the Army Infantry and is currently serving in Fort Benning in Georgia as he waits with his wife for the birth of their first child.

Dan grew up in Buffalo and attended Kenmore West Senior High School, where his volunteer efforts were endless and continued into his collegiate career at Niagara University.

At Niagara, Dan was a part of the esteemed ROTC and commissioned as an Infantry soldier and 2nd Lieutenant. Dan has completed various rigorous trainings. including and not limited to Airborne School, which helped him become a part of the 101st Airborne Division, as well as Air Assault School.

One of Dan's highest achievements has been his completion of Ranger School. Ranger School is one of the toughest training courses. Army Rangers are experts in leading Soldiers on difficult missions -- and to do this they need rigorous training. For over two months, Ranger students train to exhaustion, pushing the limits of their minds and bodies.
Dan served in Afghanistan with some of the bravest men in the main force, leading Operation Dragon Strike. The aim of the operation was to reclaim the strategic southern province of Kandahar, which was the birthplace of the Taliban movement.

Currently, Dan is a Platoon Leader at Fort Benning and lives with his beautiful wife; they are expecting their first child. Dan serves as the most wonderful role model, friend, brother and husband. The world would be a better place if there were more men and women like him.

We want to thank Daniel for his service to our country and wish him the best on the birth of his new baby!

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