About Us

"Pride, Tradition, & Service Since 1860"

Pekin Firefighters Local 524 has a long history out outstanding public service. Our members have all taken an oath to protect and serve the community , and to do all we can to ensure the safety and success of all citizens. Over the course of a year our members are on duty for over 2736 hours, and countless more volunteering in the community. Along with volunteerism, Pekin Firefighters have a long history of financially supporting local organizations, from youth sports, food pantries, holiday toy drives, and assisting those in need. All of the financial support was provided from an account that Local 524 earmarked solely for charitable purposes. From the historical records we believe this had been the way charitable giving was handled since the late 1930's.

As the world around us changed Pekin Firefighters felt there was a better way to raise money and be more effective in carrying out our philanthropic efforts. In late 2021 the Heart of the Dragon Charity Fund was established. This fund is a recognized 501(c)(3) charity under IRS tax code. Heart of the Dragon Charity Fund is comprised of a Board of Directors, all of which are active members of Pekin Firefighters Local 524.