PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Hero Thrill Show raises money to send children of fallen Philadelphia police officers and firefighters to college.

The show this year will be held October 1st, but fundraising goes on throughout the year.

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The latest effort is Cheesesteaks for Heroes, where hundreds of firefighters, including 30-year fireman Glenn Drake, took to the grills, making sandwiches to sell at $5 a pop.

“I’ve been in front of the grill for hours,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

His wife, Janice, was among the volunteers:

“Being the wife of a fireman, you never know, and it’s good to know you would be taken care of.”

Glenn and Janice Drake (Credit: :auren Lipton)

Glenn and Janice Drake (Credit: Lauren Lipton)

Firefighter Robert Finn just graduated from the academy:

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“It’s the best job in the world. It’s something that a  lot of us have been trying to do for years and  years to get on.  And  it’s a privilege and an honor to serve the city.”

Joe, a 30-year police officer, picked up a couple of cheesesteaks and says these events serve a really good cause:

“Having more of these functions to take care of our children, and of our heroes that have gone before us.”

Fire Lieutenant Michael A. Foley runs the event, which raised thousands of dollars.


And for this week, that’s “Positively Philadelphia!”

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