The Hero Thrill Show was held at in the parking lot of the sports complex Sept 21 and the weather was perfect for an afternoon of family fun. The entertainment was put on by specially trained firefighters and members of the Highway Patrol Motorcycle Drill Team.
There were demonstrations from the K-9 Team and Homeland Security Division. Each special unit had static displays where the public could try on police equipment and ask questions of the officers that staff those units. The SWAT unit, Marine Unit and helicopter drew large crowds. However, the largest crowds were drawn to the mounted unit, as kids of all ages surrounded the animals and petted them,and took photos of them.
The Grand Marshal duties were split between Bo Deedle, the highest decorated police officer in New York. He is now an actor. Chas Palminteri who is starring in a one man show, A Bronx Tale at the Prince Theater in center city. He showed up to the preview in center city and was asked to share the spotlight with Bo. It worked out perfectly. Phillies pitchers Justin De Fratus and Cliff Lee also put in an appearance.
The next class of firefighter cadets were on hand to staff the fire prevention booth and they got to see the fire demonstration. Within a few years they may be five feet from where they were standing, performing for the crowd,while the newest cadet class watches them.
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