LUTHERVILLE, Md. (WMAR) - Denise Reccardi was told to come to Mano Swartz today to receive a surprise. Richard Swartz, the owner of Mano Swartz, presented Denise with a bunch of thank you letters.
Being a veteran, of course, she deserves our thanks. Especially because during the more than 25 years of service as a medic nurse she was injured. Her chopper went down and she suffered significant injuries. After completing a long and painful series of rehabilitation for her war injuries, Denise was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through treatments.
Richard Swartz wanted to do more than just thank you letters. Richard presented Denise with a new mink coat, a 3/4 length black sheared mink coat. The value of this is $8,000. That's enough to leave anyone speechless.
With a pause and a big sigh, Denise says "I don't feel deserving of it but, I can't say thank you enough. The warmth of the coat I'll always have from Mr. Swartz"
Swartz was happy to give Denise this mink coat, " We have a job that needs doing and it's a job where some give some and some give all. It allows us to live in a county with freedoms."
The tradition of taking care of veterans goes back to Richard's great-grandfather and Richard says he doesn't have any plans to change that anytime soon.