Another year, another important Hero Thrill Show

A rally was held on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 1 for the Hero Thrill Show on 18th and Mar­ket in cen­ter city. The Hero Thrill Show will be held at the Wells-Fargo Com­plex on Septem­ber 18. All pro­ceeds will be­ne­fit the Hero Schol­ar­ship Fund.

In 1954, 10 fire­fight­ers died from in­jur­ies they suffered in an Oct. 28 chem­ic­al ex­plo­sion at Berg Labor­at­or­ies in North Phil­adelphia. An 11th fire­fight­er was per­man­ently dis­abled in the blast and per­ished four years later.

The ex­plo­sion in­jured at least 25 fire­fight­ers and po­lice of­ficers. As a res­ult of that tragedy, which still ranks as one of the worst in­di­vidu­al dis­asters in the his­tory of Phil­adelphia’s po­lice and fire de­part­ments, City Coun­cil es­tab­lished the Sur­viv­ors Fund at the ur­ging of the city’s po­lice and fire com­mis­sion­ers.

Un­der its ori­gin­al guidelines, the fund was to provide $10,000 to the fam­il­ies of fire­fight­ers and po­lice of­ficers killed in the line of duty, along with schol­ar­ships for all of their de­pend­ent chil­dren.

That year, the in­aug­ur­al Hero Thrill Show was held to raise money for the Sur­viv­ors Fund.

Today, the an­nu­al Hero Thrill Show con­tin­ues to gen­er­ate much-needed fund­ing for the fam­il­ies of slain po­lice and fire­fight­ers. Now op­er­ated in­de­pend­ently from the Sur­viv­ors Fund, the Hero Thrill Show has raised more than $1.5 mil­lion since 2006.

Tick­ets are now avail­able for this year’s show, sched­uled for Sat­urday, Sept. 24, out­side the Wells Fargo Cen­ter at Broad Street and Pat­tis­on Av­en­ue in South Phil­adelphia. The rain date will be Oct. 1.

Act­or Burt Young, of Rocky fame, has signed on as grand mar­shal. The Phil­adelphia High­way Patrol Mo­tor­cycle Drill Team will again be the fea­tured at­trac­tion. Oth­er demon­strat­ors will in­clude the po­lice avi­ation unit, bomb squad, crime scene in­vest­ig­a­tion, Ex­plorers, mar­ine unit, fire­arms in­struct­ors, Po­lice Academy and SWAT.

Tick­ets cost $10 each and are tax-de­duct­ible. They are avail­able at po­lice sta­tions and fire­houses in the city and at FOP Lodge 5, 1336 Spring Garden St., and IAFF Loc­al 22, 415 N. Fifth St. ••

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