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Legislator Morton recognizes Depew Firefighter for saving lives in burning building


We’ve all read the stories in the paper of the countless individuals suffering from the ongoing opioid epidemic. There has been a lot of talk of families being ripped apart by this tragedy, too often we hear talk but see little action.

Legislator Ted Morton joined Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Holland Central School Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos and Alden School Superintendent Adam Stoltman to announce continued funding for school resource officers (SRO) in several local districts. The SRO program provides a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives.

At a Legislative session held on September 21, 2017, Legislator Ted Morton honored Lancaster resident, Dick Young as the September 2017 Citizen of the month.

Today, in response to the County Executive’s offer to work with Legislator Morton to develop a compromise Made in America Act, Legislator Ted Morton wrote to him to begin the process.

Legislator Ted Morton first introduced the Made in America Act in support of local manufacturers and local workers in Erie County. After passing the Legislature by a vote of 9-1, the County Executive vetoed the law after instructing the County Attorney to draft a legal opinion.

Legislator Ted Morton honored Depew Firefighter Marc Adamberger for saving the lives of five Central Avenue residents, whose building had caught fire the morning of June 29, 2017 while they were still asleep. A proclamation was presented to Adamberger during a presentation held July 19, 2017 at the Fire Hall to recognize his quick thinking and bravery.


“We always hear the saying that heroes rush in while everyone else is running out and that is exactly what Marc did. When he noticed the building was on fire, he rushed inside to wake up the tenants and because of his actions everyone is alive today,” said Legislator Morton. “He was at the right place, at the right time.”


A member of Depew Fire Department’s Aetna Hose Company since 2012, Adamberger is dedicated to helping those in his community. His quick thinking not only saved those inside, but by noticing the fire and calling it in as quickly as he did, he helped prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings. Depew, Twin District and Village of Lancaster fire departments aided in extinguishing the blaze.