Today’s story of unlikely costumed heroism comes to us from WCHS TV of Charleston, West Virginia – there was a house fire on Church Street in Milton, West Virginia on Saturday, and firefighters were pretty surprised shocked to see who beat them to the scene.
Batman and Captain America, (their secret identities being John Buckland and Troy Marcum) — were both in costume at an event at the nearby American Legion Post. They have a company called Heroes 4 Higher, and make paid public appearances to teach positive lessons to children – but they happen to be on scene when they saw smoke begin to rise from a nearby house. The two super heroes sprang into action, rushing towards the flames to see if anyone was inside. Fortunately no one was, but a live was saved: the hapless homeowners’ cat, who had to be treated for smoke inhalation. Buckland’s training as a firefighter kicked in.
“I grabbed his [Captain America's] shoulders, gave it everything we got and the door opened,” Buckland said. “He breaks out the window. The smokes lets out and as I can start to see I reach down and grab something furry!”
Batman got the cat outside and helped resuscitate it. “The cat comes around,” Buckland said. “Takes a look at me, then hissed!”
The people who watched were pretty stoked about the whole thing – unfortunately the home was severely damaged, but no creature died that day. Tom Cantaberry was at the Legion Post and saw the dramatic rescue take place.
“He did a great job,” Cantaberry said. “It was complete chaos!”
However, Buckland showed off the damage to his cape to remind us that he’s no superhero, and burns just as readily as a normal human being – don’t let the costume fool you, he’s no hero. “I just wonder what the cat was thinking,” Buckland said. “I’m glad no one was inside.”
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