The Peekskill Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PVAC) lost two of their own this past week, when Deputy Chief Mitch Williams and Evan Fytros left us too soon.

Mitch Williams
Mitch Williams

A PVAC life member, Mitch, 49, passed away June 28. A dispatcher for the Peekskill Police Department for the last 12 years, he was the son of Sandra Williams and the late Roger Williams. Mitch was a volunteer member and past captain of the Peekskill Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He is survived by his mother, Sandra, of Peekskill, and a sister Gail (John) Sanchez, a niece, nephew and great nephew, as well as his aunts and cousins. A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for a later date to be announced.

The following was posted about Mitch on the PVAC Facebook page:

It is with deep regret that we announce the sudden passing of PCVAC Life Member and Deputy Chief Mitch Williams, 7515. Mitch was a volunteer with us for the past 35 years holding many achievements and titles. He started from Youth Corps. and worked all the way through the ranks to become chief and deputy chief. He always helped anyone he came across and would give you the shirt off of his back if needed. Mitch will be greatly missed and there will be a hole in our heart and family for some time to come.
Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made for our VAC through the years.
Rest easy Mitch, we have it from here.

Evan Fytros and his wife, Jessica
Evan Fytros and his wife, Jessica

Also a PVAC life member, Evan, 40, lost his battle with cancer on July 5 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Born on Nov. 8, 1976, at Phelps Hospital, Evan was a 1994 graduate of Peekskill High School and received an associates degree from Westchester Community College.

He worked as an operations supervisor for Action Carting Environmental at their Stanley Avenue Transfer Station in Brooklyn. On Nov. 4, 2016, Evan married the love of his life, Jessica (Zamlowski) Fytros.

He was predeceased by his parents, Paula (Moustakas) Fytros and Mark Nicholas Fytros. Evan is survived by his two brothers; Nicholas Fytros (Joann) of Little Ferry, NJ, and their children, Paula and Christopher Fytros. John Fytros (Melissa) of Albion, NY and his daughter Emily Fytros and their son Adrian Fytros. Evan is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and their families. He was a friend to all and was affectionately known as “Uncle Ev.”

Evan’s wake will take place at Joseph F. Nardone’s Funeral Home, located at 414 Washington Street in Peekskill, from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. A church service will be held at St. Basil’s Academy, located at 79 St. Basil’s Road in Garrison, at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 10. Burial to follow after Church Service at Hillside Cemetery, located at 1033 Oregon Road in Cortlandt Manor.

Emergency fund drive underway for one of Peekskill’s Best

The following was posted about Evan on the PVAC Facebook page:

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Life Member Evan Fytros, 7516. Evan fought a courageous battle with cancer. Evan had a big heart, and for the past 26 years he volunteered with our family. He started in our Youth Corps. and held positions on our board and chairs of committees. He was always willing to help someone in a heartbeat. Evan was a great guy with a great character that anyone would have been lucky to know! He had made a difference in many lives.
Evan, you will be greatly missed, and though the hole in our hearts and family continues to grow from this past week. We gain some comfort knowing that you and Mitch are looking down upon us, keeping us safe.

Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made for our VAC over the years.
Rest Easy Evan, we have it from here.