By Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lunchtime on a major center city Philadelphia thoroughfare was punctuated by the rumble of motorcycles and the pounding of rock music today as police offered a free preview of their annual Hero Thrill Show.

Hero Thrill Show president and CEO Jimmy Binns delivered the commentary as members of the Philadelphia Police Department’s highway patrol skillfully navigated their stage in the 1800 block of Market Street.

The 59th annual Thrill Show is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st, on the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.

Proceeds go to cover college costs of the surviving children of fallen police officers and firefighters.

Anne Skerski, widow of Officer Gary Skerski, says her son Rob, a senior at La Salle University, is among the beneficiaries.

“They all donate their time to us and they never forget us, so we’re very thankful and appreciative of it all,” she said today.

Actor-writer Chazz Palminteri, who is appearing in town at the Prince Music Theatre in “A Bronx Tale,” came out to support the kickoff.

“I look at these guys, they get up every day, they make my life safe. We got to give them whatever they want,” he said.

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