$8K Stolen From Ford City Volunteer Fire Department

FORD CITY (KDKA) — Officials say $8,000 was stolen from the volunteer fire department in Ford City, Armstrong County, and one of their own is facing charges.

Christopher Zionkowski, 22, of Ford City, was the manager for Ford City Hose Company No. 1’s activities fund and is accused of stealing the money to pay his bills.

Members of the fire department who work hard to raise the money through fundraisers such as breakfasts and chicken dinners, feel betrayed.

“It’s like a kick in the shin,” said Chief Scott Gaiser.

The department realized the theft after a check to pay for a new squad truck bounced.

They say Zionkowski had been involved with the department for about four years and that he was very dedicated.

“He was here for every call, every function,” said Assistant Chief Ray Klukan. “I just couldn’t believe it.”

“You work as you can to raise that money and then to have something happen to it – it just takes your breath away,” said Gaiser.

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  • Ming the Merciless

    When are fire depts. going to learn to bond members who handle money and do proper back round checks. instead they would rather get burned.

  • 320 on the Clock

    I’m having trouble believing he did this. I know this man, and theft was not in his nature, at all.


      Truth hurts, 320 on the clock.

  • Fugly

    God,is he fat & ugly

  • candyman

    John Candy in Stripes…….. after being at the mud wrestling club and arrested by the MPs


      He also looks like the security guard at Wally World in Griswalds Summer Vacation.
      “The moose out front should have told you we’re closed”

  • Luke R

    Spent 8K on fast food

  • chance

    320 on the Clock
    Are you his mommy or his clergyman?
    Thanks for that glowing testimonial.


    A lot of empty real estate between them big ears.

  • lilly

    man is this cat ugly. he should take that money and sue his parents for reproducing.

    • mister r

      i bet you all are not good looking either .. its about stealing money you idiots

  • lilly

    your right mister r. we shouldn’t pick on this guy just because he’s fat, stupid and ugly

  • Mayor of GBD

    Wendy’s triples or Double Meat Whoppers?

    That is why a prudent organiztion requires TWO signatures on a check. DUH.

  • me

    y would u leave a 22yr. old boy in charge of that much money without a supervoser, Any one needs a job,(volunates welcome) theres a opening at No.1 hall in Ford City.

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