Victoria firefighter, 22, dies in motorcycle wreck

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

June 19, 2012 at 1:19 a.m.
Updated June 20, 2012 at 1:20 a.m.

The community lost a young, passionate firefighter Tuesday, and, for Michael Harp, the pain cut particularly deep.

Harp, 23, learned about 2 p.m. that one of his best friends and role models - Daniel Teinert, 22, of Victoria - was found dead two hours earlier.

Teinert's body and a silver and black Yamaha R1 were discovered in the brush cresting a curved hill north of Spring Creek Road in the 5500 block of North Main Street, said Victoria Police Sgt. Eline Moya.

Teinert was found by Victoria Parks and Recreation workers who were cleaning the area.

Police continue to investigate what time the wreck happened and what lead to the crash, Moya added.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Richard Castillo conducted an inquest and ordered an autopsy.

The Victoria Fire Department would not release any other information Tuesday about Teinert's firefighting career, said O.C. Garza, city of Victoria public information officer.

But Harp knew firsthand Teinert loved firefighting and loved people.

"He was the best friend you could ever ask for," Harp said. "He was never negative. He was a real role model."

The two met while attending Industrial High School. Teinert graduated in 2008, and Harp in 2007.

Although Teinert was younger, Harp saw him as a mentor who offered good advice and was always there for Harp.

"It's been killing me all day," Harp said about the news. "He always wanted to better himself. He was always super easy to get along with."

Despite the devastating news, Harp said, he still remembered Teinert as the fun guy who would enjoy cooling off during the Texas summer with him at Garcitas Creek and the guy he would dirt bike with in Edna.

Even though Teinert enjoyed biking, he was ready to give up his Yamaha, which he liked because of how economical it was.

Harp and Teinert were almost finished building and restoring a Jeep Cherokee that Teinert was going to use instead of his bike.

But finishing that project will never come.

Harp spent the evening with Teinert's cousin, who was celebrating a birthday Tuesday.

The entire family was distraught, he said.

"He had bunches of friends," Harp said. "He was always on the right track."



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