Gov. Wolf orders state flags at half-staff for 2 York City firefighters

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered state flags to fly at half-staff in two counties to honor two York City firefighters killed in the line of duty when a wall collapsed on them.

Ivan Flanscha, 50, and 29-year-old Zachary Anthony were pronounced dead at York Hospital the afternoon of Thursday, March 22.

A York City firefighter lowers a U.S. flag to half mast at York City's Fire Station 9, also known as the Lincoln station, on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Four firefighters were trapped in a structure collapse earlier in the day, and two were killed.
(Dawn J. Sagert photo)

Two other city firefighters — Assistant Chief Greg Altland and Firefighter Erik Swanson — suffered injuries in the collapse but will survive, York City officials have said.

On Friday, March 23, the governor's office announced that Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff at the state capitol in Dauphin County and throughout York County.

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"This horrible accident is a tragic reminder of the sacrifices made every day by our first responders," Wolf said in an emailed news release. "Frances and I have these firefighters, their families, the fire department, and the City of York in our thoughts."

State flags have been ordered to fly at half-staff until after both bodies are interred, according to the news release.

Wolf, a York County native, has invited all Pennsylvanians to "participate in this tribute."

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