Gloversville students create tribute to injured Navy SEAL

September 19, 2018 09:47 PM

GLOVERSVILLE -- It's only been two days, but this project has come a long way. 

The boulder near the student parking lot at Gloversville High School was first painted white, and now these art students are adding the design: "Stay Strong Dan Licardo," along with a tattoo design he had on his leg. 

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"It feels really good because after all he's done for this country and the people that are in it, it feels good to be able to give back," said high school senior Harmony Philo.   

Dan Licardo graduated from Gloversville High School in the 1990's.  He went on to become a Navy SEAL.  He was on SEAL Team 6.  He served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Just this month, he was injured in a terrible car accident in Texas.  He lost both his legs and is still recovering from his injuries in the hospital. 

These art students don't know him-- their teacher does-- but they know his story. 

"I think it's very important because I think in general that we should support each other when we're hurt or when something's going on in their lives," said high school senior Zidora Richards.  

They didn't hesitate to volunteer when their teacher, Jason Harrod, pitched the idea to them. 

"That enthusiasm, students were willing to come here during their study halls, come here during lunch and work.  Bring their lunch out here and eat while they're working, so that was really exciting to see," said Harrod. 

Harrod is also a Gloversville High School graduate, and was at the school at the same time as Licardo. 

These students do different activities and they're in different grades, but they're united here, and proud to paint their school and its students in a positive light. 

"I thought it was a really good idea to give back to him, after being a graduate here.  This is a big place for tradition.  It's just nice to give back to a family in need," said high school junior Dante Bouchard.  

There are updates on Licardo's recovery on a "Stay Strong Dan Licardo" Facebook page.
He's got a lot of support at the hospital in Dallas.  People in Gloversville hope he'll feel some from his hometown, as well.


Kumi Tucker

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