Nature Coast EMT Goes Undercover as Batman of Spring Hill
Jack Asbury is a man with a calling. Armed with a wealth of knowledge on saving others in tragic situations and a love of everything Batman, Jack Asbury is the Batman of Spring Hill. With a superhero spirit and an awesome Batman costume, he spreads hope and joy to those who need it the most. Jack makes visits to children in hospitals or homebound kids who are ill. He even goes out to visit kids who just need a superhero by their side.
Jack’s first visit was in 2015. Four years later his BAT Signal was activated. A little girl was being bullied on her way to school. She was frightened of the mean kids and needed help. Jack describes how he, “walked her to the classroom to help her no longer be scared to go to class.”
This heart-touching story was picked up by the media. Since that day Jack has had multiple interviews with the media and podcasts. He was spotlighted in the Washington Post and written about in Time magazine.
In The Beginning
When Jack was six years old, his parents introduced him to Batman with a trip to McDonalds. He knew when he got his first Batman mini figure out of a Happy Meal he was hooked. Young Jack was again captivated by the Caped Crusader in the 1992 Batman Returns movie.
In high school, Jack was in his wood shop class when his teacher told him of being a volunteer firefighter when not teaching. Jack loved the idea, and his teacher invited him to join the volunteer fire department. At that moment, a spark was lit.
After high school, Jack continued his education to become an Emergency Medical Technician. The life of an EMT is fast-paced and intense. Jack loved his new career. He was with Nature Coast Emergency Medical Services in Citrus County Florida for over 20 years. Currently, Jack is an EMT for American Medical Response. When 911 emergency services get a call and can’t send help, they call Jack Asbury.
Tragedy Strikes Twice
Jack is no stranger to tragedy. His first daughter, who is now 13, was born prematurely and stayed in All Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until her lungs were strong enough for her to breathe on her own.
Jack describes, “Sitting there watching my little girl struggle to breathe, feelings of worry and helplessness start to set in. It was one of the hardest experiences of my life.
Seeing other children facing tragic situations, with the despair and pain their parents undergo is very hard. These parents are the real superheroes staying there with their kids while trying to keep from falling apart while keeping the child’s spirits up. That’s when I knew what it was like for not only the kids but the parents too.
A few years later my second daughter was born with a serious blood disease. For a while, we didn’t know what was going to happen. We were devastated. While being there for long hours to stay with my daughter, I again got to know other kids and their families.
Seeing the fear and despair with those same feelings of helplessness in the parent’s eyes while keeping up a strong front for their child was a profound experience. That’s when I decided to get involved and help. That is when I became ‘The Batman of Spring Hill’.”
Holy Batcave Batman!
When Jack isn’t out rushing to save people during his day job or picking his four kids up from school, you can find him in full character spreading hope and comfort to families with very sick children.
Jack visits John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and Shands Hospital, as well as many others in his travels. He also does home visits and when he sees a family in need, he figures out a way to help. He truly is a superhero.
Who is Batman?
Within the DC universe, Batman is a superhero who lives in Gotham City. With legendary determination and knowing how to use fear to his advantage, the Caped Crusader fights crime and keeps the people of Gotham City safe. When Batman comes across a problem or challenge, he never lets it get the best of him. He is super smart and can figure anything out.
When Batman isn’t fighting crime, he is known to all in Gotham City as millionaire businessman Bruce Wayne.
According to Brittanica.com, “The origin of Batman, which was not revealed to readers until the character’s seventh comic book appearance, is now a familiar tale. As prosperous physician Thomas Wayne, his wife, Martha, and their young son, Bruce, exited a Gotham City movie house after a nighttime showing of The Mark of Zorro, they were robbed by a thief brandishing a pistol. Dr. Wayne attempted to protect his wife, but the panicky gunman murdered the adult Waynes as their horrified son watched. The grief-stricken boy dedicated his existence to avenging his parents’ murders by “spending the rest of my life warring on all criminals.”
After years of training his mind and body to perfection—Bruce, having inherited his father’s millions—mulled over a crime-fighting disguise that would terrorize lawbreakers. A bat flapping through an open window was deemed an omen, and the original tale’s end caption heralded, “And thus is born this weird avenger of the dark…this avenger of evil. The Batman.”
Today, Jack is now dad to four great kids. He and his wife still work full-time to fund this incredible dream. Every extra dollar they have goes into fulfilling their shared dream.
The Batman of Spring Hill forms Masked Miracles Inc. and You can Help!
Jack has formed a 501c3 non-profit organization called Masked Miracles, Inc. He and his wife do as much as they can. Jack realizes that he can’t do this alone. Jack’s efforts so moved the Valentina Tomashosky Foundation they gifted him a high-tech slingshot vehicle to visit kids in need. When Jack pulls up now the kids are in awe. It’s an awesome sight complete with flashing lights and sound.
Masked Miracles, Inc. could use help to keep this dream going. Plans are big, and they cost money. Ultimately, Jack would love to build a superhero complex where kids could come and play and get the full experience of hanging out with the Caped Crusader.
If you would like to get involved Jack could sure use your help. To activate the BAT Signal visit www.maskedmiracles.org. If anyone would like to speak with Jack Asbury, he can be called on his Bat Phone by dialing 353-232-5295. Any and all help would be much appreciated. As always, your contributions are tax-deductible.
Finally, if there are any cosplayers out there with high-quality costumes and a shared vision of bringing joy please give Jack a call. He would love to speak with you!