updated 09/09/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/09/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET
When a Milton, W. Va., home caught fire, trapping a kitten inside, it was Batman and Captain America who came to the rescue.
John Buckland, dressed as Batman, and Troy Marcum, dressed as Captain America, saw smoke at a house nearby when they were entertaining children as part of their business. They ran to the house along with another bystander, kicked in the door and broke out a window so some smoke could escape.
Buckland, a former firefighter, says he crawled into the front room and felt something furry. He grabbed the animal, ran outside and gave it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
No one was hurt in the fire, including the rescuers – though Buckland says the cat hissed and swatted at him when it regained consciousness. (Some repayment!)