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Super Heroes Rescue Cat: Batman, Captain America Brave Burning House

Monday, 09 Sep 2013 12:23 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Two super heroes united to rescue a cat from a burning house in Milton, W. Va. on Saturday. Batman and Captain America may be from two different comic book universes, but they worked together to save the feline.

John Buckland, dressed as Batman, and Troy Marcum, outfitted as Captain America, were at the nearby American Legion Post working with children when they saw smoke coming from a house where firefighters had not arrived yet.

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WCHS-TV reported that Buckland, a former firefighter and Iraqi war veteran, and Marcum broke through the front door and a window before finding the home's only occupant at the time, a cat, which had to be resuscitated.

The men were joined by Sam Carr, who had just finished a benefit motorcycle ride.

Buckland told The Associated Press that he crawled into the front room and felt the cat, which was trapped inside the home.

"I grabbed (Marcum's) shoulders, gave it everything we got and the door opened," Buckland said to WCHS-TV. "(Marcum) breaks out the window. The smoke lets out and as I can start to see I reach down and grab something furry."

The television station wrote the home's owners were out of town at the time of the blaze and no one was hurt in the fire.

The men were teaching positive lessons for children at the post as part of Buckland's "Hero 4 Higher" business, which was the reason he and Marcum were dressed as the superheroes.

"I'm just glad no one else was inside," Buckland told TV station, saying he was simply doing what he hoped anyone else would have done in that situation.

Tom Cantaberry, who was at the American Legion Post when the two "super heroes" were talking to children and then took off for the fire, told the TV station he was impressed by their willingness to get involved.

"He did a great job," Cantaberry said to WCHS-TV, who followed the men out to the fire site. "It was complete chaos."

While the cat rescue played out in real life, do not to expect to see the same duo in the comic books: Batman is DC Comics property and Captain America is a Marvel comic franchise.

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