The only child of a farming family who moved to Chernaurus when Dan was only 10 years old. Dan's family owned a small farm near Sinistok where Dan would work in his adult life. At school, Dan would be bullied for his inability to speak Russian which would cause problems in his later life. In secondary school, Dan was slashed across his left cheek by a Russian national. Dan's inability to speak Russian stopped him from getting any local work so he worked on his family's farm as a farmhand and pest control. The outbreak occurred when Dan was 20, he and his family were evacuated to a refugee camp where Dan's parents were killed by military personnel for signs of infection. Because of this Dan fled stole a BK-133 shotgun and fled the camp and now survives on his own as a scavenger. Dan has a hatred for any and all military personnel and will act hostile to any he may meet.