Dozens Head To Center City To Honor Former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dozens stood in the hot sun Saturday in Center City to honor the late Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo. It’s been 20 years since the iconic mayor died of a heart attack at his campaign headquarters.

At the statue of him outside the Municipal Services building, friends, family and colleagues gathered to remember Rizzo – a man who many say left a legacy of courage, honor and integrity.
Among those who spoke was Rizzo’s son, City Councilman Frank Rizzo Jr.

“It amazes me that after 20 years after my dad’s death that all of you still remember him.”

And remember the contributions he made to the city. Oscar Vance is the chief of the Montgomery County Detectives Bureau.

“Frank was also an individual who was on the cutting edge of community policing. Back then, you didn’t hear the word community policing, but he was already involved in community policing in terms of bringing the citizens and the police together.”

There was also a mass in Rizzo’s honor at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in South Philadelphia.

Reported by Suzanne Monoghan, KYW Newsradio

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  • tryecrot

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  • James

    Terry…. you live in LaLa Land. This guy was a street thug in a blue uniform. The cops who served with him in the late 40’s, 50’s and 60’s will be only too happy to confirm. They have to me. Get a life!!!

  • Terry

    James and Edward, you wouldn’t last a day in law enforcement

  • James

    But he wasn’t honorable.

  • Edward Gonzalez

    I think he`s one chapter in Philadelphia history that’s better left forgotten. He was the Boss Tweed of Philly politics in a time when the city was rife with corruption.

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