Memorial honoring fallen firefighters coming this spring to York City
A memorial to honor two firefighters who died serving the York City Department of Fire and Rescue Services will be installed this spring.
The Ivan & Zach Memorial Gardens, to be located near the Broad Street Greenway by East Philadelphia Street, will honor Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony, who died three years ago.
"I was excited. It's going to be something that people can visit and pay respect," said York City Fire Chief Chad Deardorff. "It's very heartfelt to me that the community stands behind us and continues to mourn the loss of Ivan and Zach."
Flanscha, 50, and Anthony, 29, were killed March 22, 2018, when part of the former Weaver Piano & Organ Co. building at 127 N. Broad St. gave way. The pair fell several floors during the collapse. The structure had burned much of the previous day, and the firefighters were on scene putting out remaining hot spots.
Flanscha had been with the department since 1999; and Anthony had been there since 2010.
York XL, a community-based organization, approached Deardorff and his staff last summer about an idea to honor Flanscha and Anthony with a garden.
Since then, the organizations have worked in tandem to prepare the memorial for an opening in June.
Those interested can purchase a customizable brick that will be installed in the garden. Bricks can be purchased by visiting York XL's website at https://www.yorkxl.com/.
Bricks measuring 4 inches by 8 inches can be purchased, with up to three lines of 20 characters each for $100. Alternatively, an 8-inch-by-8-inch brick with up to six lines of 20 characters each can be purchased for $175.
All funds will go to support the memorial garden, Deardorff said.
While an official dedication ceremony is slated for June, a two-hour celebration and remembrance program to kick off the announcement of the memorial and sale of bricks is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 22.
Throughout the process, Deardorff said Flanscha and Anthony's families have been involved in the design and are elated at this memorial to honor the men.
"(The families) were ecstatic when I talked to them about it," Deardorff said. "It was very comforting for us to see their reaction and just their excitement about it."
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