MILTON, W. Va. (CNN/WCHS) - Firefighters rolled up to a house in West Virginia, shocked to see who beat them to the scene of a blaze: "Batman" and "Captain America."
John Buckland and Troy Marcum were both in costume at an event at the nearby American Legion Post in Milton on Saturday teaching positive lessons to children.
When the lesson became real life, they sprang into action -- rushing toward the flames and checking to see if anyone was inside.
"Give it everything that we got and the door opened up," Buckland said.
Before Buckland started his "Hero 4 Higher" business, he used to be a firefighter and even did so through the military while stationed in Iraq.
His training kicked in.
"He breaks out that window so the smoke relieves. Smoke layer goes up a little bit more. [I] go back in; it's getting pretty dark. I'm feeling around, and I'll be darned if I feel something furry," Buckland said.
While the couple living here was out of town, their cat couldn't get out, was trapped and had to be resuscitated by a real-life superhero.
"First look on the cat's face, he hissed at me and everything. He got resuscitated by 'Batman.' That's a pretty scary thing to wake up to," Buckland said.
While the cat might not have been pleased, it's a different story for the people who watched -- many of them veterans.
"He did well; he did well," said veteran Tom Cantaberry.
Buckland wants to make sure the costume doesn't fool you, saying he's no hero.
"I just want to know what's going through the cat's mind, and I'm just glad that no one else was in that house," Buckland said.
"Batman," with the help of "Captain America," did what they said any normal person would do.
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