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YORK, Pa. — The Hanover firefighter who died earlier this year while responding to a call died of blunt force trauma from his crash, according to the York County Coroner. Earl Shoemaker, 68, crashed a fire truck on March 12th on the 500 block of Pumping Station Road. It was originally thought that Shoemaker died from a medical event. But a forensic pathologist determined the trauma he suffered in the accident complicated his atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. His manner of death was changed from natural to accidental as a result of the findings.

Shoemaker was a longtime volunteer for Hanover’s Eagle Fire Co. #2.