Earl J Shoemaker

Firefighter Shoemaker was the driver of a breathing air support apparatus responding to a residential structure fire. The apparatus failed to negotiate a 90-degree turn in the roadway and traveled nearly 700 feet into a field before coming to rest.

Law enforcement reports on the incident indicated that Firefighter Shoemaker may have suffered some sort of medical emergency prior to the crash. His death was caused by trauma. There were conflicting reports on the status of his seat belt.

Incident Location: Fire Incident: 500 block of Pumping Station Road (U.S. National Grid: 18S UK 3352 0411); Apparatus final resting position: Off of Brunswick DR, York County (U.S. National Grid: 18S UK 3243 0335)

Department Information

Eagle Fire Company #2 – Hanover Fire Department
201 N Franklin ST
U.S. National Grid: 18S UK 2989 0769
Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331-2442

Chief: Jan Cromer

Earl J Shoemaker was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 68 
Rank: Firefighter/Safety Officer 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Mar 12, 2016 09:30
Date of death: Mar 12, 2016 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding 
Fixed property use: Residential