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UDA schools plan to honor Navy SEAL

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Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle (Navy Newsdesk) Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle (Navy Newsdesk)

The Upper Dauphin Area School District plans to honor U.S. Navy SEAL Brett Shadle, a 2000 graduate who died during a parachute training exercise last week.

In a statement released Tuesday, superintendent Evan Williams said the district will have timely observances to memorialize Shadle in accord with services for him.

Williams added that the district intends to consult Shadle's family so that fitting and proper memorials are put in place to honor him.

Military officials said Shadle died Thursday after he and another SEAL collided in midair while practicing "routine military free-fall training" over the desert in southern Arizona. The other SEAL was in a Tucson hospital. The accident is under investigation.

Shadle, 31, of Elizabethville, was a highly decorated member of the Navy's SEAL Team 6 and had served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He had multiple bronze stars with valor and several service ribbons.

Williams said that Shadle, who played soccer and basketball while he was at Upper Dauphin, was a good student and a good friend to his schoolmates.

"He is remembered by all as a singularly hard worker who dedicated himself to his chosen purpose," Williams said.

Shadle is survived by a wife and two young children.

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