A Livermore soldier who served in Afghanistan died last week after contracting rabies.

Specialist Kevin R. Shumaker was 24. The Army said he died Wednesday in a stateside hospital.

Shumaker joined the Army in February 2009 and served as a cook with the 615th Military Police Company in Afghanistan from May 2010 to May 2011. He returned last month to Fort Drum in upstate New York, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.

How and where Shumaker contracted rabies was under investigation, but the Army said he did not contract the disease in New York.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon, according to the Army.

Shumaker is survived by his mother and stepfather.



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