The Battle of the Badges

Benefits the children of fallen police officers and firefighters

Police, firefighters strive to be the biggest loser

A friendly competition, ‘The Battle of the Badges,’ engages the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments in a healthy, 13-week weight-loss contest. The department with the highest average weight loss will be awarded the trophy and victory banner. The Hero Thrill Show®Inc, the Police and Firefighters’ Children’s Charity, will receive a $10,000 donation from Weight Watchers of Philadelphia, who sponsors the 13-week contest, in the name of the winning Department.

$10,000 for the children of our fallen heroes

The Hero Thrill Show provides college scholarships for children of Philadelphia firefighters and police officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. To date, Weight Watchers has donated $267,500 for college scholarships.

This year’s Hero Thrill Show will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Mission of the Hero Thrill Show is to Pay For the College Tuition of Children of Philadelphia Police Officers and Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty. Since their formation in 2006, the full college tuition of all of the children of all of the fallen Philadelphia Police Officers and Firefighters have been paid by the Hero Thrill Show® Inc. The Hero Thrill Show® Inc. is the only organization that pays for the college tuition of the children of Police Officers and/or Firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. The Hero Thrill Show® is NOT affiliated with the Hero Scholarship Fund. No other organization provides financial assistance to the children of fallen Philadelphia Police Officers and Firefighters.

The initial recipients of college scholarships from the Hero Thrill Show:

Katie, Brigid, Nora and John Redmond, whose father, Firefighter John Redmond, was killed in the line-of-duty on January 28, 1994. They have completed their education. Kimberly Acey, whose father, Firefighter Vencent Acey, was also killed in the line-of-duty on January 28, 1994, graduated from Eastern University. Joseph Maryanowicz, whose father, Police Officer John Marynowitz, was shot and paralyzed in the line-of-duty on June 16, 1993, graduate from Holy Family University. Joseph Friel, whose father, Police Officer Joseph Friel, was killed in the line-of-duty on December 4, 1994, graduated from St. Joseph’s University. Robert Skerski, whose father, Police Officer Gary Skerski, was killed in the line-of-duty on May 8, 2006, graduated from La Salle University. Nicole Skerski is a senior at La Salle Katie, Colby and John Cassidy, whose father, Police Officer Chuck Cassidy, was killed in the line-of-duty on October 31, 2007, completed their education at Gwynedd-Mercy University. Amber Liczbinski, whose father, Police Officer Stephen Liczbinski, was killed in the line-of-duty on May 3, 2008, is a senior at Gwynedd Mercy University. Jazmin Nazario, whose mother, Police Officer Isabel Nazario, was killed in the line-of-duty on September 5, 2008, is a senior at Community College. Terrance Simpson, whose father, Police Officer Timothy Simpson, was killed in the line-of-duty on November 17, 2008, graduated from Widener University. His sisters Samantha Simpson, graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University; Courtney Simpson, is a junior at Holy Family University. Marissa Long, whose father, Police Office Brian Lorenzo, was killed in the line-of-duty on July 8, 2012, is a sophomore at Philadelphia Community College. Katelyn Stackwitz, whose father, Police Officer Andrew Stackwitz, died in the line-of-duty on September 26, 2008, graduated from Manor College. Her sister, Jennifer Stackwitz graduated from The Kaplan Career Institute. Mekhi Donte Green, whose Firefighter mother, Lieutenant Joyce Craig, was killed in the line of duty on December 9, 2014 is a sophomore at Penn State University. Eric Lee, whose father, Firefighter Gabriel Lee, died in the line of duty on July 23, 2016, is a freshman at Penn State University. Sarah Colton, whose father, Police Officer George Hall, died in the line of duty on January 30, 1989, is a freshman at Philadelphia Community College. The following children will receive full tuition scholarships as soon as they achieve college age: Johnny Pawlowski, Dominic Lorenzo, Gabrielle and Chase Lee. Johnny Pawlowski, whose father Police Officer John Pawlowski was killed in the line of duty on February 13, 2009 is scheduled to enter college in 2016. Domenic Lorenzo, whose father, Police Officer Brian Lorenzo was killed in the line of duty on July 8, 2012 is scheduled to enter college in 2024.The Hero Thrill Show® Inc. is the Only Organization that pays for the college tuition of the children of Police Officers and/or Firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. The Hero Thrill Show®, Inc. is NOT Affiliated With the Hero Scholarship Fund.