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.