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Designer Handbag Bingo October 9th 2021

Designer handbag bingo, sponsored by the Belle Valley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Doors open at 11:00 AM, bingo begins at Noon.

BYOB alcoholic beverages, food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase.

For tickets, contact:

Carrie 814-440-8902

Kathy 814-823-3953

BVFD 814-825-4359

Handbag Bingo

National Night Out ~ Tuesday, August 3rd, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Another fantastically successful National Night Out hosted by the Belle Valley Fire Department at the station on Norcross Road on Tuesday, August 3rd!

We would like to thank the following sponsors and participants in the event:

  • United Way of Erie County
  • Green Acreage Landscaping
  • UTZ Quality Foods
  • TOP’s Friendly Markets
  • Smith’s Provision Company
  • Schwebel’s Baking Company
  • Mammoth Restoration
  • Joe Kujawa
  • Rockdale Farms of Butler
  • Sundance Kids Farm Petting Zoo
  • Crazy Monkey Attractions
  • Erie County Firefighter’s Association Safety House
  • DJ Justin
  • Millcreek Paramedic Service
  • Millcreek Police Department
  • PA State Police
  • Pat Martin Photography
  • Kearsarge Fire Department Ropes Team
  • NW PA K9 Search and Rescue Team
  • The Anna Shelter
  • The Bair Foundation Family And Child Ministries
  • Russell C. Schmidt and Son Funeral Home
  • AT&T FirstNet
  • The Belle Valley Presbyterian Church
  • Representative Bob Merski
  • Councilwoman Kim Clear
  • Councilman Jim Winarski
  • Dr. Tyler Titus
  • Deputy Sheriff Chris Campanelli

Special thanks to the members of The Belle Valley Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary for the many hours of time and effort spent planning, preparing, and volunteering at the event!

Extra special thanks to Nathanial Hall, operator of “Lawns 4 Locals” for his generous donation of $400 to the Belle Valley Fire Department! Nathanial is a young man who mows lawns for donations, which he then passes on to local businesses and organizations.

Photos by BVFD photographer Katlyn Zimmer. Click on individual pictures for a larger version.

Glass Recycling Container Relocation


The Prism Glass Recycling container has been relocated from Headwaters Park on Wager Road to the East end of the Belle Valley Fire Department parking lot to enable easier access for East Millcreek Township residents.

Please be sure that glass items as shown in the guidelines are deposited carefully in the container only. If the container is full, please do not leave items around the outside of the container. Thank you for your assistance in keeping this area clean and safe for everyone.

Bingo Returns!

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We are pleased to announce that bingo doors will reopen April 11th! After the Sunday startup, Bingo will be held on Friday and Sunday evenings as usual. Doors open at 4:30 PM and Bingo begins at 6:15 PM.

Please keep in mind we are still under the governor's guidelines so there will be some modifications seating wise, and we are still not allowed to serve food, so please eat dinner before coming. As always, masks are required in the building. We can't wait to see you all again! Thank you for all your support and patience during the pandemic.

Bingo Returning Announcement / Social Hall Rental Announcement

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.

2020 Recognition Awards

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



CHIEF’S AWARD – Jason Wilson, Ryan Geist

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – Mark Longenecker


Congratulations to all the recipients!

2021 Fire Officers and Support Staff

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 Patrol - Saturday, December 19th

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.

BVFD Election Results

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 Officers

Chief 360: John Stephens

Assistant Chief 361: Zach Kuhn

Deputy Chief 370: Ryan Geist

Business Officers

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)

Erie Gives / Annual Fund Drive

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.

Bingo Canceled Until Further Notice

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!

2020 Officers and Board of Directors

Here are the BVFD officers and support staff for 2020:

  • Chief 360 - John Stephens
  • Assistant Chief 361 - Zach Kuhn
  • Deputy Chief 370 - Tom Krahnke Jr.
  • Captain 371/Training Officer - Ryan Geist
  • Lieutenant 36L1 - Jeremy Kuhn
  • Lieutenant 36L2 - Josh Horstman
  • Safety Officer 36S1 - Steve Woytek
  • Safety Officer 36S2 - Dave Soule
  • 362/364 Engineer - John Krahnke

Previously announced board of directors members and business officers for 2020 are:

Board Of Directors

  • Joe Altadonna
  • Jeremy Kuhn
  • Zach Kuhn
  • Tom Lewis
  • Matt Rogers
  • Jeff Skonieczki
  • Dave Soule
  • John Stephens

Business Officers

  • President – Jeff Skonieczki
  • Vice President – Joe Altadonna
  • Secretary – Jeremy Kuhn
  • Assistant Secretary – Josh Horstman
  • Treasurer – Laura O’Connell
  • Assistant Treasurer – Steve Woytek

2019 Christmas Party and Awards Banquet

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:

  • President’s Award – Joe Altadonna
  • Chief’s Award – Steve Woytek
  • Safety Award – Tom Krahnke Sr.
  • Rookie of The Year Award – Ian Jaskiewicz
  • Citizen Supporter of The Year Award – Bill Kuhn
  • Vehicle Rescue Related Awards – John Stephens, Zach Kuhn, Tom Krahnke Jr., Ryan Geist, Tom Krahnke Sr., Dave Soule, Dakota Moreland, Ian Jaskiewicz
  • EMS Related Awards – John Stephens, Zach Kuhn, Matt Rogers, Ryan Geist, Jeremy Kuhn, Josh Horstman, Ray Bauer, Jeremy Moreland, Jason Wilson, Parker Cerneck, Ian Jaskiewicz

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)

Elections For 2020 Officers

Here are the results for the BVFD elections held on Sunday, 11/10/2019. All positions are effective January 1, 2020:

Chief Officers

Chief 360 – John Stephens

Assistant Chief 361 – Zach Kuhn

Deputy Chief 370 – Tom Krahnke Jr.

Board Of Directors

Joe Altadonna

Jeremy Kuhn

Zach Kuhn

Tom Lewis

Matt Rogers

Jeff Skonieczki

Dave Soule

John Stephens

Business Officers

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

2019 Designer Purse Bingo

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.

Belle Valley Community 2019 National Night Out

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.

2019 Officers

Chief360John Stephens
Assistant Chief361Tom Krahnke Jr.
Deputy Chief370Zach Kuhn
Captain371Ryan Geist
Captain / Training Officer372Matt Rogers
Lieutenant36-L1Josh Horstman
Lieutenant36-L2Jeremy Kuhn
Lieutenant36-L3Paul Rogers
Safety Officer36-S1Steve 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)

  • Chief: John Stephens
  • Assistant Chief: Tom Krahnke Jr.
  • Deputy Chief: Zach Kuhn

Business Operations Officers and Board of Directors Members (effective 1/1/19)

  • President: Jeff Skonieczki
  • Vice-President: Matt Rogers
  • Secretary: Josh Horstman
  • Assistant Secretary: Jeremy Kuhn
  • Treasurer: Laura O'Connell Siren
  • Assistant Treasurer: Steve Woytek
  • Board of Directors 3 year term: Tom Lewis
  • Board of Directors 3 year term: Matt Rogers
  • Board of Directors 2 year term: Dave Soule

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.

Erie Times News Article: Area Volunteer Fire Departments Face Shortage of Recruits

What We Do And Why We Do It

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.


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 12/6/17)

  • Chief (360): Dion Blasco
  • Assistant Chief (361): Tom Krahnke Jr.

Business Operations Officers and Board of Directors Members (effective 1/1/18)

  • President: Jeff Skonieczki
  • Vice-President: Joe Altadonna
  • Board of Directors: Chris Altadonna
  • Board of Directors: Joe Altadonna
  • Secretary: Matt Rogers
  • Assistant Secretary: Ryan Geist

Congratulations to all!

2017 National Night Out August 1st

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....

A Sad Day For Belle Valley

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 to sign the Book of Memories.

Sign the Guestbook at

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.

2016 Record Breaking Year For Calls!

2016 was a record breaking year for Belle Valley in terms of call volume! We handled a total of 977 calls, easily besting our previous high of 811 calls in 2014.

We would like to take a moment to thank our top ten responders for the year, as these men and women went above and beyond to serve their community.

  1. Tom Krahnke Sr.
  2. Chris Altadonna
  3. Matthew Rogers
  4. Paul Rogers
  5. Zach Kuhn
  6. Jeremy Kuhn
  7. Luther Jones
  8. Jeremy Moreland
  9. Kaelin O'Leary
  10. Chris DiCarlo

Belle Valley couldn't operate without all of our dedicated and hardworking members, along with donations from the community. We would like to thank all of you who volunteer in any capacity, and who support us thru direct donations, as well as supporting our fundraisers such as bingo, craft fairs, and social hall rentals.

Thank you for yet another great year, and we look forward to serving Millcreek Township Residents and surrounding areas throughout 2017 and many years to come.

2017 Officer Line-Up

In early December, Belle Valley announced the officers and support personnel for 2017. In some departments these are elected positions, but at BVFD, the chiefs appoint these positions every year.

  • Safety Officer 36S1 - Jeremy Moreland
  • Captain 371 - Jeremy Kuhn
  • Lieutenant L1 - Kaelin O'Leary
  • Lieutenant L2 - Matt Rogers
  • Lieutenant L3 - Luther Jones
  • Lieutenant L4 - Nick Rearick
  • Engineer - Steve Woytek
  • Engineer - Paul Rogers
  • Engineer - John Stephens
  • Traffic Support 3601- Pat Smith
  • Quartermaster 3650 - Steve Woytek
  • Quartermaster 3651 - Pat Smith
  • EMS Coordinator 3670 - Kaelin O'Leary
  • Dive Coordinator 3680 - Steve Woytek
  • Lead Mechanic 3690 - Tom Krahnke Sr.

We look forward to a great year!

BVFD Responds To Major Erie Fire