By Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thousands gathered outside the Wells Fargo Center Saturday to watch motorcycle drill teams , police K-9 units and fire department perform at the 59th annual Hero Thrill Show.
The event gave families a chance to participate in multiple activities, and there was something for everyone to enjoy. One of the big events that drew people in was the police motocycle drill team that performed high-paced tricks.
The Hero Thrill Show started in 1954, as a way to raise money to help children of fallen fire fighters go to college.
Chazz Palminteri of A Bronx Tale fame was this years grand-marshal:
“Their husband or their wife gave up the ultimate sacrifice to protect our safety,” he said. “So we have to help them. I mean that’s the least we can do.”
Donna Seawright was cousin’s with Moses Walker Jr. He was a police officer who died in the line of duty. She says days like Saturday help the healing process:
“Just to meet the other men and women that does the same duty he does that are still around, so it’s really been uplifting for us.”
Money raised this year will help more than 20 kids pursue a higher education.