Wolf, Casey to speak at York City firefighters' memorial service

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
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Speakers at Wednesday's public memorial service for York City firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony will include Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a city official said.

Also speaking will be York City Mayor Michael Helfrich and Harold Schaitberger, general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, according to Philip Given, Helfrich's chief of staff.

Southern Pennsylvania Incident Network, also known as S.P.I.N. holds a vigil in honor of fallen York City firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony at Alexander D. Goode Elementary School in York City, Saturday, March 24, 2018. About 200 community members were in attendance. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The York Symphony Chorus, led by chorusmaster Kathleen Shannon, will provide music, Given said.

The Rev. Kevin Shively, chaplain of the York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services, will offer prayers, as will the Rev. Aaron Anderson, a community leader and CEO of Logos Academy.

The public memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 28, at the York Expo Center.

The service will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Expo Center's Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Ave., Given has said.

An honor guard and a bagpipe and drum corps will be on hand as well, he said. They and uniformed personnel all are asked to report to Memorial Hall at 10 a.m. for a ceremony walk-through.

Display planned: Any fire departments and companies planning to bring firetrucks and other apparatus should arrive at the Expo Center between 9 and 10:45 a.m., and enter through Gate 8A on Highland Avenue, according to Given.

York City Firefighter Ivan Flanscha

Any apparatus arriving after 10:45 a.m. will not be part of a planned display, he said. There will not be a procession after the memorial service.

Those bringing apparatus are asked to email that information to Jackson Township Fire Chief Brad Dunham at bdunham1141@comcast.net.

Details about road closures and the staging of firetrucks and other emergency vehicles also will be released later, he said.

Funeral services will be private for Flanscha, 50, but open for Anthony, 29, according to Given.

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Private service: Flanscha's viewing will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Living Word Community Church, 2530 Cape Horn Road near Red Lion. It will be followed by a private service.

Anthony's open funeral service will be held Thursday, March 29, at Freedom Valley Church, 3185 York Road in Gettysburg.

York City Firefighter Zachary Anthony

Viewings are set for 1 to 3 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. Anthony's service will begin at 7 p.m.

As of noon Monday, March 26, the fundraising effort had raised about $57,000.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.