Pennsylvania

Thousands gather for tribute to fallen York firefighters

Men died in wall collapse last week

YORK, Pa. - A public memorial service was held Wednesday to honor two York firefighters who lost their lives in the collapse of a former piano factory.

Thousands of family members, friends, and fellow firefighters from across the country filed into the York Expo Center for a service for Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey were among those in attendance. Wolf said the entire state mourns their loss.

The memorial included a "last bell" ceremony and "Taps" was played.

The two firefighters were killed last week when a large section of the factory's wall collapsed on them. Two other firefighters were injured.

Flanscha and Anthony had been looking for hot spots and searching for the cause of an earlier blaze at the factory.

They were the 12th and 13th York Fire Department members to die in the line of duty. Their badge numbers are being retired.


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