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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: PA

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 14th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Safety Officer Earl J. Shoemaker has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters back home with the Eagle Fire Company #2 – Hanover Fire Department.

Earl J. Shoemaker

Rank: Firefighter/Safety Officer
Age: 68
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 43

Date of Incident: 03/12/2016
Time of Incident: 0930hrs
Date of Death: 03/12/2016

Fire Department: Eagle Fire Company #2 – Hanover Fire Department
Address: 201 N Franklin ST, Hanover, PA 17331-2442
Fire Department Chief: Jan Cromer

Incident Description: Firefighter Shoemaker was responding to the scene of a house fire on the 500 block of Pumping Station Road when he became ill. The mobile air unit apparatus he was operating left the roadway (Brunswick DR) and came to a stop several hundred feet away. Shoemaker, alone in the apparatus at the time, was rescued by local residents and fellow first responders. He was then transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased from a cardiac related injury.

Incident Location: 500 block of Pumping Station Road; Apparatus final resting position: Off of Brunswick DR, York County

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Safety Officer at

To date, 14 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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