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Upper Dauphin mourns fallen Navy SEAL as hometown hero

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Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle (photo courtesy: Navy Newsdesk) Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle (photo courtesy: Navy Newsdesk)
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The U.S. Navy released his name Saturday morning: Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle.

But before his identity was revealed, we came knocking on the SEAL's former high school basketball coach's door. Thomas Haines told us he already knew why we were there.

"When [Shadle] was competing in sports he was very competitive. He had un-relentless energy and stamina, he just had a motor that didn't stop running," he said.

It's a demeanor that would serve his career and country well, earning elite recognition as a member of SEAL Team 6.

But this E-8 senior chief's dream was cut short Thursday afternoon.

Shadle, a graduate of Upper Dauphin High School, was killed -- and another SEAL injured -- in what the department is calling "routine military free-fall training," saying that the two men collided mid-air and landed in separate places.

"I knew his heart was in it and he enjoyed what he was doing but sometimes, you know, you think dying in this manner would be needless," said the coach.

Friends close to Shadle told abc27 that the Shadle, who resided in Norfolk, Virginia, left behind a wife and two small children.

He died 12 days after his 31st birthday.

The military told ABC News on Friday that the other SEAL, an E-6 petty officer, was in stable condition.

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