Adams County fire chief injured on call dies at York Hospital

Staff report

An assistant fire chief in Adams County died Wednesday at York Hospital after an accident while responding to a call earlier this month.

Walter Wagaman Jr. , 46, died from his injuries around 2 a.m. Aug. 14, according to a news release from the York County Coroner’s Office.

The Buchanan Valley Fire Department assistant chief was heading to a crash on the Carlisle Pike Aug. 2 when he fell from a department truck, the release states.

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Wagaman was a 32-year veteran of the department, Buchanan Valley fire officials stated in a news release.

“Along with Chief Wagaman’s wishes, the family chose to continue his legacy of helping those when they needed him the most. On August 14, 2019 at 02:03, Chief Wagaman’s organs were donated to those in need,” the release states. “We thank those who lined the hallways of York Hospital in recognition of a true hero during the Honor Walk.”

Funeral arrangements will be posted on the department’s official website when they are finalized.