PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 62nd annual Hero Thrill Show is just ten days away, and on Wednesday, folks in Center City got a bit of a preview.
The goal of the show is to raise money for the families of fallen heroes.
The Philadelphia Police Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team performed tricks before the lunch crowd at 19th in Market Streets.
They performed figure eights, the snake, even stood on their bikes – no hands – to build the momentum for the actual Hero Thrill Show on October 1st.
“It honors the people who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
Ross joined Fire Commissioner Adam Theil and others on stage to recognize the heroism of firefighters and police officers who lost their lives, as well as those injured in the line of duty. Ross says proceeds from the show goes to pay for the education of the children who made the sacrifice.
“It’s not just symbolism,” the commissioner said. “It lets them know in a monetary way that we haven’t forgotten about them.”
Organizers say the Hero Thrill Show has raised millions, putting 18 students from police and fire families through college since 2006.