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A Dover Township firefighter died over the weekend after being involved in an off-duty crash, according to the fire department.

Chase Hartlaub, 18, of New Salem, was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed about 11 p.m Friday, June 15, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

The vehicle reportedly ran a stop sign, struck another vehicle, lost control and hit a fence in the area of Emig Road and Mayfield Drive in Dover Township, the coroner's report said.

The coroner's office initially reported Hartlaub was unrestrained in the vehicle, but on Sunday it released an update saying new information from EMS on the scene showed he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

According to Dover Township Deputy Fire Chief Brian Widmayer, Hartlaub's family said he always wore his seat belt. At the crash scene, the seat belt was cut off Hartlaub by first responders, Widmayer said.

Hartlaub was driven by ambulance to York Hospital, where he died from his injuries at 3:37 a.m Saturday, according to the coroner's office.

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Northern York County Regional Police are investigating the crash.

 An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, June 18, at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital.

The Dover Township Fire Department was the first department called to the scene of the crash, and responding firefighters quickly discovered that one of their own was involved.

"Chase Hartlaub was an amazing young man, a heck of a fireman, and leader even in his short time with us," the department posted on its Facebook page. "Chase you will be surely missed, but never forgotten. Please keep Chase’s family, our members, and our families in your thoughts and prayers."

Hartlaub also volunteered with Community Fire Co. of Seven Valleys and North Codorus Township Fire Co., according to the Seven Valleys company.

"We are extremely saddened that we announce the tragic loss of Firefighter Chase Hartlaub," Community Fire Co. of Seven Valleys posted on its Facebook page. "Chase was tragically taken from us due to a motor vehicle accident. We ask that you keep his family, Dover Twp Fire Department, North Codorus Twp Fire Co, and our Dept in your deepest thoughts and prayers."

Hartlaub had just graduated from York County School of Technology and was starting a new job at a large local collision center, according to Widmayer.

 

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