Our History

The idea of our charity was conceived when we lost a fellow Peoria Firefighter several years ago. We came together as a family, and firefighters began donating money from each of their own paychecks to assist our fallen firefighters young wife and three year old daughter. Time passed and the young family was no longer in need of our financial support, but our membership decided to continue the gratifying feeling of helping those in need. Peoria Firefighters Charities was formally started in 2000 with the intent of being involved in the community and making a difference.


John Valentine was a Peoria Firefighter who passed away during the prime of his career from a brain tumor leaving behind a wife and daughter. Johnny’s spirit and energy live on today thru the Peoria Fire Department and its members. Johnny was a well respected Firefighter who lived the Fire Department’s Motto: Serving with Strength, Honor, and Compassion.



Our Mission

Since 2000, our goal is to truly make a difference in our community by helping those who need it most. We believe that teaming up with our community and our fellow firefighters, we can do great things for this city! We are passionate about making a difference. Plain and simple.