Assemblyman Butler: "True heroes don't always wear capes"

By Public Letter from Assemblyman Butler

From Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport):

"True heroes don’t always wear capes.

Sure heroes like Batman, Superman, Thor and the Incredibles wear capes and may inspire some to act courageously, but in the face of the flash-flood aftermath in Herkimer, Oneida and Fulton counties, I have seen more heroes than any DC, Marvel or Disney franchise could ever turn out.

The real heroes, more often than not, are those who slip into some sneakers or work boots, throw on a pair of work gloves and work side by side with our neighbors helping them pick up the pieces after tragedies like our recent floods. They help clean up yards, homes, businesses, farms and communities when the waters recede. They have set up shelters, donated clothing, offered hot meals, and offered a hand or a shoulder when needed most. They’re the ones who stand by you when it all seems to be just too much and make sure that we all get through the worst of storms like these, together.

Our heroes are also the ones donning firefighting gear, police and forest ranger uniforms, wearing EMS insignias or a Red Cross, or carrying Federal Emergency Management Agency and State Emergency Management Agency IDs. These are the folks saving lives, helping our communities develop strategies to mitigate the flood damage and comforting those in distress and helping keep our communities together.

Over and over again, I’ve seen heroes from all parts of the state step up to help our communities. I am struck by their compassion and can-do attitude, which helps our region get through this difficult time.

At the end of the day, our real superheroes and acts of heroism are rooted in the desire and drive to help others, make our communities stronger and stand up in times of need. I hope you’ll join me in teaching our children that these men and women are the real heroes and that these individuals are the folks we can look up to and aspire to be like.

A heart of volunteerism and service is all the power and cape any hero will ever need.

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities or are planning a relief effort, please let me know. I would like to publicize any such efforts on my Facebook page. Please call my Herkimer office at (315) 866-1632 or my Johnstown office at (518) 762-6486 or email me at"

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