Big stunts at 60th annual Hero Thrill Show in Philadelphia

Saturday, September 20, 2014
VIDEO: Big stunts at 60th annual Hero Thrill Show
There were stunts and thrills galore at the 60th annual Hero Thrill Show in Philadelphia!

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Do not try this at home! Daredevil stunts are the specialty of the Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team - the big draw every year at the Hero Thrill Show.

"It's amazing to me. My first time here and I'm enjoying every minute of it," said Melvina Shields.

The Hero Thrill Show has a long history. For 60 years now it has raised money to educate the survivors of police and fire personnel killed in the line of duty.

"You see all those women over there with children? Somebody's gotta do something to educate those kids at the college level and that's what we do. We have 17 children we are currently putting through college," said Jimmy Binns, Hero Thrill Show president.

The son and namesake of Officer John Pawlowski, who was shot duty in the line of duty in 2009, was in attendance with his mom.

"We think about him all year long and it can be sad and it can be happy, but you come here and it's just uplifting. It's just cool that Johnny will benefit from this and I will forever be grateful to Jimmy Binns and the city for doing this," said Kim Pawlowski, widow.

Adding a little punch to the festivities: the grand marshal for this year's show was Philly's world champion boxer Bernard Hopkins.

He and the crowd took in the various displays which allowed kids to get up close to the rescue trucks, fire and crime fighting gear and techniques used by Philadelphia police and firefighters.

"It's a chance for the kids to come out and see what we do, to see a different side of police and fire," said Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia Police.

"I think it's important to show up and really give our support to the fallen families here," said Ron Dolenti.

"The reason why we are doing this, it's all for the families and for their kids' education. They made the ultimate sacrifice," said Ptl. Kevin Devlin, Motorcycle Drill Team.

And with every twist and turn and trick the drill team executed, the fallen are remembered.