York firefighters among 119 honored at National Memorial
Firefighters, friends and families from across the country gathered on a gray, drizzly afternoon in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to remember their fallen brothers and sisters during the 38th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
Among the 119 honored Sunday, Oct. 6, were Zachary Anthony and Ivan Flanscha, two York City firefighters who were killed in the line of duty March 22, 2018. Anthony and Flanscha died after falling several floors during a structure collapse at the scene of the Weaver Piano & Organ Co. building fire.
Following remarks by U.S. Fire Administrator Chief G. Keith Bryant and Kevin K. McAleenan, acting Homeland Security secretary, the names of all firefighters who died in the line of duty last year were read in alphabetical order by state. Family members or representatives were presented with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, a personalized badge and a rose.
Brooke Hoffman, fiancee of firefighter Zachary Anthony, and Casey Flanscha, widow of Ivan Flanscha, each accepted flags as a large contingent from the York City Department of Fire and Rescue watched.
Created by Congress in 1992, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation leads a nationwide effort to honor the memories of all U.S. firefighters who died in the line of duty. Each October the foundation hosts the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend with events for firefighters and the families of the fallen that ends with the Sunday memorial service.