DTE’s Superhero

    “Growing up, I always wanted to be a superhero and have kids look up to me,” Turfe said. “Then one day I thought to myself, ‘why not do both?’”


    Since 2011, Todd Turfe, a multicultural specialist at DTE Energy, has been dressing up as favorite superhero characters and volunteering his time to visit kids in hospitals all across the metro Detroit area. On a typical day, Turfe’s superhero persona meets with 15-20 children, who are suffering from ailments ranging from broken bones to pneumonia and terminal illnesses.

    While he may not have X-Ray vision, bionic hearing or even superhuman strength – when Turfe visits those children, no one can deny that he is, in fact, a Superhero. For Turfe, he’s proud to work for a company that not only encourages his volunteerism, but supports it. In fact, after learning about Turfe’s special powers, DTE Energy is helping to get his Batman costume made – a process that takes up to five months.


    “When I show up, it helps them escape reality and forget about what they’re dealing with for those 10 minutes. That excitement always stays with them for the rest of the day.”


    Most recently, he and St. John Providence Children’s Hospital in Detroit partnered to set up bi-weekly superhero visits from Spider-Man, Superman, and soon, Batman.