Belle Valley Fire Department Bingo Announcement
We are happy to announce that based on recent guidelines from the Erie County Department of Health, we expect to be able to open for bingo again soon! Once we are able to finalize the arrangements, we hope to be able to safely welcome our loyal regulars, and fun-loving newcomers as well. Stay tuned for further details as we have them, and thanks for your past and future support! We want to emphasize that bingo is NOT affected by the Social Hall Rental announcement below.
Belle Valley Fire Department Social Hall Rental Announcement
Unfortunately, due to different guidelines that apply to rental of the social hall, we are unable to safely offer it to the public for events such as wedding receptions, birthday parties, stag and drags, etc. Based on this, as well as damage done to the hall during previous events, the Board of Directors has decided that we will no longer be offering the Social Hall for rentals.
The Belle Valley Fire Department is proud to announce the following recognition awards for 2020. These are normally presented at our Christmas Party and Dinner, but were delayed until our virtual January Business Meeting on 1/6/2021
RESCUE TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR – Tom Krahnke Sr., Matt Rogers, Josh Horstman, and Parker Cerneck
PRESIDENT’S AWARD – Katlyn Zimmer
DAVE TEUBERT SAFETY AWARD – Steve Woytek
CHIEF’S AWARD – Jason Wilson, Ryan Geist
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Mark Longenecker
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR – Tyler Warhola
Congratulations to all the recipients!
These are the fire officers and support staff for 2021. These positions are in effect from 1/6/2021 through 1/5/2022. We are fortunate to have a number of members are interested in accepting the additional responsibilities that these positions require. Being a member of a volunteer fire department at any level requires a great deal of time and effort, and even more so for those accepting these positions. In addition to these officers and staff, we appreciate and thank all of our members, and look forward to serving our community in 2021 as we have since 1938!
Chief – John Stephens (360)
Assistant Chief – Zach Kuhn (361)
Deputy Chief – Ryan Geist (370)
Captains – Jeremy Kuhn (371), Matt Rogers (372)
Lieutenants – Josh Horstman (36L1), Paul Rogers (36L2), John Krahnke (36L3), Jason Wilson (36L4)
Scene Support Captain – Jonathan Altadonna (36FP1)
Scene Support Lieutenant – Nick Maly (36FP2)
Safety Officers – Steve Woytek (36S1), Dave Soule (36S2), Joe Altadonna (36S3), Jeremy Moreland (36S4)
Quartermasters – Steve Woytek, Dave Soule, Josh Horstman
Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance/Repair – Tom Krahnke Sr., Paul Rogers, Josh Horstman
Santa Inspection Visit Saturday December 19th
Once again, the members of the Belle Valley Fire Department will be escorting Santa as he checks the roofs and chimneys in our district before he delivers gifts on December 25th.
The visit will begin approximately 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 19th. Santa will be starting on the Eastern side of our district in the Kohler Road area and proceeding through the streets to the Western side of our district in the Glenwood Park Avenue/Perry Highway area.
In accordance with the latest CDC and PA guidelines, neither Santa nor the firefighters will be permitted to leave the vehicles, so we will sadly have to skip our usual candy cane distribution to the kids along the way. The firefighters and Santa will be masked. As usual, though, Santa will be in the bucket of our tower truck so that he can respond to the children, and we will pause as often as possible for those who want to take pictures or videos.
2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, but especially for children, so we’d like to do what we can to bring at least a small sense of normalcy to the season.
Results from the recent Belle Valley Fire Department elections. All terms take effect on 1/1/2021 and are for one year unless otherwise noted.
Chief 360: John Stephens
Assistant Chief 361: Zach Kuhn
Deputy Chief 370: Ryan Geist
President: Jeff Skonieczki
Vice President: Joe Altadonna
Board Secretary: Jeremy Kuhn
Board Assistant Secretary: Josh Horstman
Treasurer: Matt Rogers
Assistant Treasurer: Steve Woytek
Board of Directors
Joe Altadonna (3 year term expires 12/31/2023)
Dave Soule (3 year term expires 12/31//2023)
We would like to thank those who were able to support us during the recent Erie Gives event, as well as those who contributed to our fundraising drive. Your contributions help make it possible for us to do what we do. We truly appreciate every dollar, and do our best to make sure that every dollar is spent wisely.
Due to concerns over the Coronavirus and the recommendations from authorities that we take care to avoid group events, Belle Valley Fire Department Bingo is canceled until further notice. We will be back up and running as soon as it is considered safe again. Thank you for your support of the department!
Here are the BVFD officers and support staff for 2020:
Previously announced board of directors members and business officers for 2020 are:
Board Of Directors
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Yes, Santa is coming to the Belle Valley area on Saturday, December 21st. He will be making his chimney and roof inspection rounds from the bucket of our ladder/tower truck 369, accompanied by firefighter elves. His reindeer and regular elves are getting ready for Santa’s big trip on December 25th, so the fire department volunteered to help.
Santa was unable to determine exactly at what time he will be in each neighborhood, but he expects to be West of Route 8 from approximately 11 AM to 1 PM, and East of Route 8 from approximately 1 PM to 4 PM. Depending on the weather and the number of firefighter elves available, we will try to have one of our fire trucks precede Santa so that you will know he is in your neighborhood.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Belle Valley Fire Department – “Protectors Of The Valley”!
Our annual Christmas Party and Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, December 7th, at the Siebenbuerger Club.
Santa made an appearance and presented gifts to the children and grandchildren of members, and gifts were also presented to the members by the Board of Directors.
The following service awards were made:
Special thanks to the Auxiliary for their donation of $5000 to be used towards the cost of the recently installed exhaust hood and fire suppression system for the station kitchen; and to member Kaitlyn Zimmer for her gift of a copy of her award winning framed picture of our firefighters in a recent parade.
And additional thanks to the Siebenbuerger Club for their hospitality and consideration in support of the department and our mission.
(Click on the pictures to enlarge them)
Here are the results for the BVFD elections held on Sunday, 11/10/2019. All positions are effective January 1, 2020:
Chief 360 – John Stephens
Assistant Chief 361 – Zach Kuhn
Deputy Chief 370 – Tom Krahnke Jr.
Board Of Directors
President – Jeff Skonieczki
Vice President – Joe Altadonna
Secretary – Jeremy Kuhn
Assistant Secretary – Josh Horstman
Treasurer – Laura O’Connell
Assistant Treasurer – Steve Woytek
Designer Purse Bingo!!!
Hosted by The Belle Valley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
Proceeds benefit The Belle Valley Fire Department
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
12:00 - 3:00 PM (doors open at 11:00)
Food and beverages available to purchase. BYOB!
50 - 50 raffle
Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Must have a ticket to enter.
To order tickets online via PayPal, click here: Designer Purse Bingo tickets
For tickets or additional information, contact Laura at (814) 825-4359
The rain may have washed away the plans that some of you made to attend The Belle Valley Community National Night Out celebration at our station on Tuesday evening, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the many Emergency Services and community-minded organizations who participated, nor the enthusiasm of the community members who were able to attend. Some of the participating organizations came from as far away as Butler, PA and Ellington, NY, and we really appreciate their extra travel effort in the rain.
Events like this are impossible to conduct without the dedicated hard work of the organizers and planners, and the community members who participate in one way or another. Thanks to some contingency plans, we were able to minimize the impact of the rain, and keep the attendees safe, dry, and well fed!
Special thanks to our major sponsor The Siebenbuerger Club, as well as additional sponsors The Belle Valley Fire Department, The Belle Valley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Green Acreage Landscaping, The Belle Valley Presbyterian Church, United Way of Erie, Smith’s Provision Company, UTZ Quality Foods, The Schwebel Baking Company, TOPS Markets, and former Millcreek Township Supervisor Joe Kujawa.
We expect to have pictures and videos to post soon.
The Belle Valley Fire Department will once again be hosting the National Night Out event for our area. This event is free, and all are welcome. It will be held at the Belle Valley Fire Department Station 36 (1514 Norcross Road Erie, PA 16510) on Tuesday 8/6/19 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
National Night Out is an event designed to allow the members of the community to interact with public safety and other community service groups to promote better understanding of what their roles are, and the services they provide.
Here is a partial listing of the expected participants:
Emergency Services (Millcreek Paramedic Service, Millcreek Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, Erie County Sheriffs, Erie County 911 Center, Erie County Ropes Team, NW PA K9 Search and Rescue, Erie County Fire Safety House, Belle Valley Fire Department)
Local Organizations (Petting Zoo, Erie Bayhawks, Anna Shelter, Belle Valley Presbyterian Church)
Rockdale Farm Percheron Horses
Local Media (WICU/WSEE, WJET)
This will be a fun, family friendly, kid friendly event, with free food, a bounce house, gaming trailer, temporary tattoo parlor, petting zoo, and music by DJ Justin O'Connell, in addition to the organizations listed above.
Hope to see you there!
The Belle Valley Fire Department mourns the loss of long time member Gary Baughman, who passed away Tuesday morning, April 30th, after a brief illness. Our deepest condolences go out to Gary's family and friends.
There will be a memorial viewing from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday 05/04/2019 at the Burton Wintergreen Funeral Home, 2532 Norcross Road, Erie PA.
From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, there will be a Celebration of Life at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1101 South Hill Road, Erie PA.
BINGO CANCELED 01/27/2019
Bingo is canceled Sunday, January 27th 2019 due to the inclement weather. Please stay safe and warm, and if possible, clear the snow from your nearest hydrant in case we need to make a house call!
Just a reminder that bingo is held at the Belle Valley Fire Department Social Hall every Friday and Sunday evening. Entrance is from the rear (North) of the building. Doors open at 4:30 PM and bingo begins at 6:15 PM. Come on down! Have some fun, and support the Fire Department at the same time. Thank you! For any questions, please contact Tony at (814) 440-3528.
|Assistant Chief||361||Tom Krahnke Jr.|
|Deputy Chief||370||Zach Kuhn|
|Captain / Training Officer||372||Matt Rogers|
|Safety Officer||36-S1||Steve Woytek|
Election Of Officers and Board of Directors Members
The Belle Valley Fire Department recently held elections for Officers and Board of Directors members for the coming year.
Fire Operations Officers (effective 12/5/18)
Business Operations Officers and Board of Directors Members (effective 1/1/19)
Congratulations to all!
The Belle Valley Fire Department extends our condolences to the family of Paul J. Martin. Paul passed away on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018. He was a long time member of the Belle Valley Fire Department.
The Belle Valley Fire Department extends our condolences to the family of Mary Ann Brown on the passing of her husband Eugene on January 16th. Mary Ann served for many years as a member of the BVFD Auxiliary.
An "outsiders" view of what firefighters do. This article is from a magazine published in Arizona, and is about the author's experience with a program run by the fire departments of some Phoenix area suburbs to expose people to the the typical experiences of a firefighter. I have been on calls with Captain Doyle of the Goodyear FD (quoted in the article) and he is as professional as they get. Whether a paid fire department like his, or a volunteer department like Belle Valley, we all work hard to protect and preserve the lives and property of those in our community and surrounding communities.
On Monday December 18th at 5:16 AM, Belle Valley was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 203 West Grandview Blvd. When we arrived at the location, the house was already fully involved in flames. Fortunately, the resident was alerted by his smoke alarm and escaped unharmed. The bulk of the fire was declared under control approximately 45 minutes later, although crews continued to work on extinguishing hot spots until almost three hours after the initial alarm. Belle Valley was dispatched again to this same location at 12:40 PM to extinguish some areas that rekindled, and cleared the scene at approximately 2:00 PM.
Units from Kearsarge, Brookside, Kuhl Hose, West Ridge, Perry Hi-Way, Erie Engine 12, and Millcreek Paramedic Service assisted on the initial call. BVFD Assistant Chief 361 had command. Photos courtesy of Kearsarge Fire Department, Erie Fire Dept Photographer Scooter Blakely, and BVFD member Steve Woytek.
On Saturday, December 16th, 2017, the Belle Valley Fire Department held it's annual Holiday/Members and Families Appreciation Party.
Santa distributed gifts to the children, and the following awards were also given out:
The Belle Valley Fire Department recently held elections for Officers and Board of Directors members for the coming year.
Fire Operations Officers (effective 12/6/17)
Business Operations Officers and Board of Directors Members (effective 1/1/18)
Congratulations to all!
Belle Valley Fire Department was once again selected to host Millcreek Township's National Night Out. National Night Out is a fun event designed to encourage and promote interaction between members of the community and the public safety agencies (Fire/Police/EMS) that serve them.
This is free to the public so we don't have an exact count on the number of people who attend every year, but for 2017, we served over 1,000 hot dogs, so that's an indication of its growing popularity!
We would like to thank the community for their support, and also the various Millcreek Township, Erie County, and PA state public safety agencies who provided equipment, personnel, and most importantly their time for this gathering.
We would also like to especially thank the members of the Belle Valley Fire Department, the Ladies Auxiliary, and their families and friends for all of the help they provided to host this event.
Here are a few pictures provided by Department Fire Photographer Jeff Lopez. Additional pictures and videos can be seen at http://www.jslopezphotography....
The Chiefs and the Board Of Directors of the Belle Valley Fire Department have reluctantly decided to discontinue the Scuba/Water Rescue Team.
Since there are a number of other agencies already providing this service in our area, our department was getting very few calls, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to justify the expense of maintaining the equipment, and the time and expense of ongoing training for our members.
We were able to sell the trailer and all of the equipment at a reasonable price to another Pennsylvania fire department who is in the process of establishing a dive team. We are happy that the equipment has found a good home, and will continue to serve the public safety needs of Pennsylvania citizens.
James M. Petrone, Sr., 75, of Greene Township, passed away, peacefully, at his residence on Saturday, March 4, 2017 following a brief battle with lung cancer.
He was born in Dubois, Pa. on November 27, 1941 a son of the late Joseph M. and Rena Coltri Petrone.
James was a 1959 graduate of Cathedral Prep and worked at Port Erie Plastics for 42 years. He was owner of Jim Petrone Services and was a member, and former Chief, of the Belle Valley Fire Department for 52 years, most recently serving as Treasurer and on the Board of Directors. He was a member of the Erie County Firefighters Association for 40 years, the Fire Chiefs Association, and the Greene Township Planning Commission for 40 years. He served as the Greene Township Emergency Management Association Coordinator and enjoyed construction. He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and various other county volunteer organizations.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Marina Petrone Cockrell; his father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Mary Jean Murosky; a sister-in-law, Cheryl Meyer and her husband, Robert; and three brothers-in-law, J. Robert Tombaugh, Kenneth Holtz, and James A. Murosky.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara Murosky Petrone; four sons, James M. Petrone, Jr. and his wife Lisa of Erie, Joseph A. Petrone, Sr. and his fiance, Kim, of Erie, Michael A. Petrone and his wife, Danielle, of New Castle, and Robert J. Petrone and his wife, Christine, of Erie; two brothers, Richard Petrone and his wife, Elaine, and John Petrone and his wife, Amy; 17 grandchildren, Stephanie, Joseph, Jr., Matteo, Maria, Angelo, Tiana, Benjamin, Christina, Hannah, Anthony, Lucia, Gavin, Mason, Francisco, Edward, Ruth, and Eli; one great-granddaughter, Leena; four brothers-in-law, Rodney Cockrell (Diane), David Murosky (Barbara), Thomas Murosky (Mary), and Donald Murosky (Cynthia); four sisters-in-law, Mary Helen Stuckbauer (John), Kitty Holtz, Karen LaKari (Richard), and Christine Tombaugh; a former daughter-in-law, Cheryl Petrone; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass there at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Belle Valley Fire Department, 1514 Norcross Road, Erie, 16510 or St. Boniface Catholic Church, 9367 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, 16509.
Please visit www.SchmidtFuneralHomeErie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
Sign the Guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits
Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 5, 2017
The gallery below contains pictures from the Belle Valley Fire Department archives showing some moments from Jim's 52 years of service to the department, and to the Belle Valley community. Click on any of the photos to enlarge them. They are in no particular order.