Hanover firefighter's cause of death determined

Written by Nicole Chynoweth/Hanover Evening Sun | Mar 14, 2016 11:21 AM

Earl J. Shoemaker, 68, a volunteer Hanover Fire Department firefighter had served for more than 40 years as a volunteer with Eagle Fire Company #2. Courtesy of Hanover Fire Department

(York) -- A Hanover firefighter who perished while responding to a West Manheim Township fire on Saturday died as a result of a coronary event, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Earl J. Shoemaker, 68, was driving the Hanover Fire Department's Air 46 unit when his vehicle went off Brunswick Drive and into a field Saturday morning.

The coroner's office tweeted on Monday that an autopsy revealed Shoemaker died due to a coronary event and not from injuries he sustained in the crash.

Shoemaker's family has been notified of the findings, the coroner's office tweeted, and West Manheim Township Police Department is investigating.

Shoemaker, a volunteer member of Eagle Fire Company #2 of Hanover Fire Department, was responding to a house fire along Pumping Station Road.

The crash occurred about a mile from the scene.

Shoemaker was later pronounced dead at Hanover Hospital.

Additional information was not immediately available.

*This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and The Hanover Evening Sun.

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