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Veteran firefighter dies while responding to house fire in York County

WEST MANHEIM TWP, Pa- A firefighter, who was responding to a house fire in York County on Saturday morning, has died. Veteran firefighter Earl Shoemaker, 68, wa...

WEST MANHEIM TWP, Pa- A firefighter, who was responding to a house fire in York County on Saturday morning, has died.

Shoemaker

Veteran firefighter Earl Shoemaker, 68, was driving a fire truck to the scene, when it's believed he suffered a medical emergency and died. Shoemaker was a volunteer with the Eagle Fire Company for more than 40-years.

West Manheim Fire

Shoemaker's official cause of death has not yet been released, however it's believed the medical condition played a significant role.

"Pretty rough right now and we have to meet with all of them and decide to call a debriefing team in," said Chief Jan Cromer.

West Manheim Township Police are handling the investigation.


The fire happened in a duplex along Pumping Station Road in West Manheim Township, York County.

The cause remains under investigation.  A fundraiser for the family that lost everything will be held Sunday at the Hanover Soccer Fields from 1:00 - 3:00pm. Organizers are asking for donations of all kinds.