Volunteer firefighter who died en route to fire is laid to rest

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HANOVER, Pa.-- It was a somber goodbye for a York County community hero on Saturday. Funeral services were held for Earl Shoemaker; a 68-year old who was a dedicated volunteer with the Eagle Fire Company in Hanover for more than half of his life. Hundreds of his colleagues, family members and friends paid their respects to a man who touched many lives at Saint Matthew Church.

"He was a very important member of the fire department and one that we will greatly miss," Maynard Becker, Treasurer of Eagle Fire Company told FOX43 on Wednesday.

Shoemaker died March 12th after suffering a heart attack while driving to a fire scene on Pumping Station Road in West Manheim Township.
Those who knew him are finding comfort in the fact that he died doing what he loved.

"Earl would go out and help everybody else, but he'd never ask anybody to come in and help him," said Hanover Fire Commissioner James Roth, who also spoke to FOX43 on Wednesday.

Following the church service, a fire truck led the processional to Mt. Olivet Cemetery outside Hanover.