Firefighter Ivan K. Flanscha
Firefighter Zachary J. Anthony
On March 21, 2018 at 4:17 p.m., the York City Fire Department were dispatched to a fire at 127 N. Broad Street. The fire was in the former Weaver Piano and Organ factory, a four-story building that was in the process of being converted into residential use. The fire escalated to three alarms and eventually engulfed the building. Fire crews remained on the scene overnight.
On March 22, 2018, teams of firefighters from the York City Fire Department were inside the structure addressing hotspots that had the potential to engulf the building, putting neighboring homes and structures at risk. At 3:17 p.m., while battling the fire, four of our firefighters became trapped following a partial collapse of the structure. Firefighters, including crews from neighboring fire departments, immediately responded and the York County Advanced Technical Rescue Team was dispatched to the scene.
After being freed, the crew was immediately transported to York Hospital, escorted by the York City Police Department and the York County Sherriff’s Department.
Two firefighters, Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony, were pronounced dead at the hospital. Assistant Chief Greg Altland and firefighter Erik Swanson were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Brother Flanscha, age 50, was a decorated 20-year veteran of the York City Fire Department. Flanscha is a past recipient of York City Fire Department’s “Firefighter of the Year” award, Chief’s Commendations, and numerous awards for heroic actions.
Brother Anthony, age 29, has been with the York City Fire Department since August of 2010.
Firefighter Donald R. Harrison
On February 25, 1971, the Rex aerial ladder truck, "Ladder A," was returning to quarters after a training exercise. The 1964 American LaFrance open-cab 100 foot tractor-drawn ladder truck was being driven by Firefighter Robert Rizzio, and tillered by Firefighter Gregory Holtzapple. Riding in the cab with Rizzio was Firefighter Donald Harrison, who was appointed to the department eight months earlier, on June 2, 1970.
As the apparatus passed through the 600 block of South Duke Street, a large tree in front of the Calvary Presbyterian Church suddenly fell directly into the path of the ladder truck, falling onto the cab of the vehicle and pinning Firefighter Harrison in his seat. Harrison was transported to York Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Driver Eugene Greiman
On Tuesday, October 29, 1940, at 5:36 am, Gamewell Box 131 at College and Pershing Avenues was sounded for a fire in the boiler room of the idle York Paper Manufacturing Company plant at 242 West Princess Street. Greiman responded driving the apparatus of the Laurel Fire Company.
Greiman positioned his apparatus on the premises of the York Caramel Company, at the east end of the College Avenue bridge. Greiman stretched a hose line, and returned to the apparatus, where he was observed collapsing to the ground. Greiman was placed in a police cruiser car and rushed to York Hospital, where he pronounced dead of a coronary occlusion.