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Soon after the decision was made to create the Fuel Their Fire Scholarship, our inaugural Fundraiser was held on May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day) at The COVE Restaurant on S. George St. in York.  Food and drink specials, a Silent Auction, Merchandise sales, and the kickoff of our Raffle for a Fire Fighter Edition Harley Davidson motorcycle, proved more successful than any of us had imagined.  The turnout and support from the community was nothing short of amazing.  The scholarship fund was officially up and running!  Of course this event would never have been possible without the support of many local businesses that generously donated their products and services... the countless volunteers who donated their time and energy... and The COVE which donated the use of its restaurant and staff.  A heartfelt "Thank You" goes out to all who helped, and continue to help, make this scholarship possible. 


May 28, 2018 --Memorial Day Fundraiser at The COVE Restaurant.  1500 S. George St., York, PA.

Summer 2018 -- Motorcycle Raffle at various events throughout Summer, including First Friday's and Gettysburg Bike Week.

November 18, 2018 -- Benefit Concert (Scotty McCreery, Carly Pearce, Kayla Kroh) at the Capitol Theatre in Downtown York.


The Winners of the First Annual Scholarships have been chosen.  Thank you to all fifteen applicants.  It was a very tough selection process as all fifteen applicants were outstanding, however three of them rose ever so slightly above the others. 


Congratulations to:

Richanda Hyder for being awarded the YORK COUNTY FALLEN FIRE FIGHTER SCHOLARSHIP.  Richanda is a Criminal Justice Major at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)

Raelene Copello for being awarded the ZACHARY ANTHONY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  Raelene is a Nursing Major at Penn State University (PSU)

Rebecca Parsons for being awarded the IVAN FLANSCHA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  Rebecca is a Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation Major at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)
















GIFT HORSE BREWERY FUNDRAISER Sept 28th from 7:00pm-10:00pm at The Gift Horse brewing Company.  117 N. George St. York, Pa 17401.  Benefit to raise money for the Fuel Their Fire Scholarship.  Join us for an evening of brews, food and live music by Last Shot Band to honor the lives of York County's fallen Fire Fighting Hero's and raise money for a worthy cause. 

Special thanks to the fine folks at Gift Horse Brewing,

Last Shot Band, and Natasha Kara for putting this event together




The event was a huge success, raising nearly $2,000 for the scholarship fund in just three short hours.  Thank you to Gift Horse staff, Natasha, Last Shot Band, Red 102.3, York City Fire Fighters/wives... and to the community for your generosity.  In addition to the funds raised that night, Norm and the guys from Last Shot Band raised an additional $205 which was generously matched by the kind folks at Yohn Property Management to bring it up to $410


Stetler Dodge of York approached the York City Fire department about teaming up to build a special edition Jeep as well as to help raise money at their annual offroad expo.  We are excited to announce that Stetler Dodge presented us with a generous donation of over $4, 900 at the beginning of September.  We can't thank the fine folks at Stetler enough for thinking of our scholarship and "keeping it local" by giving back to a cause so close to the heart of the York City Fire Department and the York City community.  Pictured below is Chief Chad Deardorff receiving the check from the Stetler Team.










MISSION BBQ of York to donate proceeds from their RED CUP sales to Fuel Their Fire Scholarship

A Giant All-American Thank You goes out to store manager Jess and the rest of her team for donating proceeds from their RED CUP sales to our scholarship.  "We wanted to keep it Local" said Jess.  Mission BBQ has been so kind and generous to the York Fire Departments... as well as Police and other EMS units in York, so it comes as no surprise that they are giving back to the York community and its First Responders.  So go out to Mission BBQ and get yourself the BEST BBQ in the world... and tell them you want the RED CUP when you place your order :)













A BIG Thank you to Jess and the rest of the crew at Yorks MISSION BBQ for raising $2,866 for our scholarship fund through their RED CUP sales.  MISSION BBQ and its staff have always been so very supportive and generous to the York City Fire Department and we can't thank you enough for our continued relationship with such an impressive, philanthropic and Patriotic company.

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York Suburban Middle School Students Organize Fundraiser

Middle school student Kirra Hyder (pictured next to me), who happens to be the daughter of York City Fire Fighter Brandon Hyder, contacted me in mid-November to let me know that she and some of her classmates had organized a fundraiser at their school.  I found out through her teacher that this was no easy task and required a lot of organization/planning as well as obtaining proper permission from the school.  I also discovered that it would only happen if "everyone was onboard" which required Kirra and her friends to lobby their cause to the rest of the school.  I know how energetic and passionate Kirra can be so it was no surprise for me to hear that she pulled this off.  In the end they raised an impressive $635.92 for our scholarship.  Everyone involved in this should be very proud of their efforts and realize that their contribution will go a long way in helping a deserving student benefit from one of our scholarships.  Well Done! 



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York City Bar Crawl Saturday April 25th to raise money for the Scholarship Fund

            JULY 3, 2020  Congratulations to this years winners.                          Mackenna Caruso, Ashley Coggins, and Griffin Kuhn 

Mackenna Caruso for being awarded the YORK COUNTY FALLEN FIRE FIGHTER SCHOLARSHIP.  Mackenna is a Nutrition and Dietetics Major at West Chester University.

Ashley Coggins for being awarded the ZACHARY ANTHONY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  Ashley is a Nursing Major at York College of Pennsylvania

Griffin Kuhn for being awarded the IVAN FLANSCHA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  Griffin is a Homeland Security and Government - National Security Double Major at Liberty University


A very special thanks to everyone who came out to the Presentation Ceremony to support this wonderful scholarship.  From VIP's such as Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill, State Representative Carol Hill Evans, President Commissioner Julie Wheeler, as well as representatives from YCCF, the Fire Chiefs, Fire Fighters, members of the Fuel Their Fire Scholarship Committee, Chad Baker and several other key donors.  Your interest and support are very much appreciated.


            JUNE 11, 2021  Congratulations to this years winners.                          Alaina Klunk, Daniel Gibney, and Shea Paxton 

Alaina Klunk for being awarded the YORK COUNTY FALLEN FIRE FIGHTER SCHOLARSHIP.  Alaina is a Nursing Major at Bloomsburg University.

Daniel Gibney for being awarded the IVAN FLANSCHA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  Daniel is Majoring in Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

Shea Paxton for being awarded the ZACHARY ANTHONY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  Shea is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Health Science and Pre-Physicians Assistant at Loch Haven University of Pennsylvania.


Thank you to all who attended and to all who have kindly made donations to our Fund.  This year we wanted to make special acknowledgment to Jess and Chris from the York MISSION BBQ Restaurant for their continued support and generosity to Fuel Their Fire.  Additionally, Nick Bair who annually makes a significant contribution to the Fund from proceeds generated during his annual Golf Tournament, which not only honors his father Tim (A Fallen York City Fire Fighter), but also Ivan and Zach who proudly served alongside Tim for so many years.   

            JUNE 10, 2022  Congratulations to this years winners.                          Quinn Stoppard, Ben Kenien, and Ryan Bowman 

Quinn Stoppard for being awarded the YORK COUNTY FALLEN FIRE FIGHTER SCHOLARSHIP.  Quinn is a Nursing Major at the University Of South Carolina.

Ben Kenien for being awarded the IVAN FLANSCHA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  Ben is attending the Elizabethtown Honors College prior to his goal of entering Medical School at Penn State

Ryan Bowman for being awarded the ZACHARY ANTHONY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  Ryan is pursuing a Bachelors Degree at Penn State University and remains heavily involved in Volunteer FireFighting



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May 2023 - Just another photo of one of the many generous donations that Jess and her team at the York MISSION BBQ location continue to provide to the fund.  Awesome company... incredible food... and even better people.  Thank you to fund member Michael Gilmore for taking time in his busy day to accept this check on our behalf.

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