Coroner: Hanover firefighter died from March accident, not medical event

HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) – A final autopsy report released Friday shows a veteran York County firefighter died from a crash while responding to a fire in March, not a medical event.

York County Coroner Pam Gay’s office said the manner of Earl Shoemaker’s death has been changed from natural to accidental.

Shoemaker, 68, was driving a fire truck March 12 when he failed to negotiate a turn along Pumping Station Road and drove into a field in West Manheim Township. No other firefighters were in the truck.

He died at a hospital that morning and a preliminary autopsy indicated the cause of death was a coronary event. The final autopsy report, however, determined that Shoemaker died of blunt force trauma that complicated his cardiovascular disease.

Shoemaker had been a volunteer member of Hanover’s Eagle Fire Company #2 for 43 years.

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