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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Comments (4)
  1. Tours Martel says:

    Farewell and God bless you, soldier! Your service is appreciated and you will be missed,

  2. USCG FS3 PO2 ETHAN'S MOM says:

    To the mother and stepfather and all family and friends of this brave soldier, from this Livermore mom whose only son is in the USCG, God Bless you and thank you for your brave son’s service. Our prayers are with you. Well done good and faithful servant. Thank you, Kevin.

  3. Lee says:

    This article is about a young soldier who died a horrible death. How can you have the nerve to post this on here. WHERE did you get your “facts”?

  4. Ed says:

    To make it through service in Afghanistan only to have this happen is truly a tragedy.