More than 400 people packed the Appell Center for a concert to honor York County fallen firefighters Sunday.
“My brother’s a retired firefighter from West Virginia, and I saw what happened to them up on Broad Street,” said Ronald Lewis, who organized the event. “Could have been my brother and so I would like to do something to honor the firefighters of York County.”
The Broad Street fire he mentioned was the last fire Zachary Anthony and Ivan Flanscha responded to in March. The York City firefighters were killed when the wall of a building collapsed on them.
Now, community members are remembering them at the Capitol Theatre.
“It’s great to see the community turn out like it did to raise even more for the families,” said Lawrence Pacl, a York City firefighter. “Just happy it’s a good turnout.”
Sharon Eveler knew Flanscha.
“We knew him from a band he was in,” said Eveler, who is from Glen Rock. “He has a family. He has a wife. He has daughter. They’re his legacy.”
Scotty McCreery and Carly Pearce performed, along with York native Kayla Kroh, who has been singing professionally in the Midstate since she was twelve. Kroh is now pursuing her dream in Nashville.
“My dad is also a firefighter EMT, so I’ve been involved in that community my entire life,” said Kroh. “This event…it’s really special to me because it’s the least I can do to give back to everything the firefighter family has given to me and my family.”
Concert proceeds go to the Fuel Their Fire Scholarship Fund for three new scholarships. One is in memory of all 35 York County firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. The others are to honor Anthony and Flanscha.
“They risk their lives for us every day,” said Felicia Beck, who lives in East York. “It’s important for us to show our appreciation.”
Organizers from York Elks Lodge want to make this an annual event. They’re hoping to raise $50,000 from the concert.
Merchandise benefiting the cause (shirts, hats, and sweaters) can be purchased online until Tuesday evening. Monetary donations will also be accepted. To buy merchandise or donate click here.