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Dan Preston is a character created by Tucker. He appeared in the episode "The Tale of the Fire Ghost".


Dan is a strong and committed fireman working for station 214. His superior is Captain Bill. In 1990, he and his friend fireman Jake Griffin worked hard to put out a fire at an old woman's house. He managed to saved the old woman by getting her out of the burning remains just in time. Then he noticed that the roof was starting to cave in. He called out to Jake, but unfortunately Jake didn't make it out in time. He took Jake's death very hard, believing it was his fault for not getting him out in time.

Soon he and Captain Bill were aware that a Fire Ghost from that fire followed them back and haunted the fire station. The Fire Ghost believed that they were murderers for not letting it take natures course and do what it thought was natural to do. So it began to haunt the fire station, doing things to get him and the other firefighters into situations where they would stare into an open flame and summon the evil Fire Ghost. Then the ghost would get its revenge. Therefore the ghost of his old friend would protect the fire station when he and the others weren't around.

In 1994, he and his wife Linda split up. Since he was always away from home. And there was a lack of communication with his family. However, he and Linda were still close and on good terms with each other. So he tried to see his family whenever he could. But this really upset and angered his son Jimmy. His son believed that he was always finding excuses to not be around.

Then one night, his wife, children and co-workers through him a surprise birthday in the station. During which he had to cut it short, and leave with his crew to put out another fire. Much to the chagrin of his son, who thought he would hang out with him in the recreation room.

While he was out, his son mistakenly released the fire ghost by staring into an open flame. With the help and guidance from the ghost of his old friend Jake, his son and daughter were able to outsmart and defeat the fire ghost. His daughter sprayed it with a fire extinguisher. Then his son tricked the fire ghost into using its full power. This set off the ceiling emergency sprinklers. Which doused and drenched the fire ghost into nothing more than a pile of ashes.

Afterwards, his son and daughter filled him in on what happened. He soon realized that Jake was finally at peace and the station was now safe again. Soon he started spending more time with his children.


  • Larry Day also portrayed Grant.

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