FORT DRUM N.Y. (AP) — A Fort Drum soldier has died of rabies believed to have been contracted during service overseas.
Officials at the northern New York Army base said Spc. Kevin R. Shumaker died on Wednesday.
According to a statement, the decorated 24-year-old soldier from Livermore, Calif., was from the 10th Mountain Division. He was an Army cook, and was deployed with the 615th Military Police Company in Afghanistan for a year that ended in May.
Exactly how and where he contracted the illness is under investigation. But military officials say he did not get the rabies in New York.
Shumaker is survived by his mother and stepfather.
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