JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you ask AWS2 Frank Christian and STG1 Joseph Cowan they will tell you they are not heroes.
However, the Navy rescue swim instructors's actions after a car accident on July 22 have many others describing them as heroic.
"As soon as I saw the truck get hit, I heard the crash, I knew right then and there," recalled Christian. "I was like, 'This is bad.'"
Christian and Cowan were headed to work at Naval Air Station Jacksonville when they saw a man had stopped his truck in the road to pick up some items that had fallen out of the bed.
Moments later, a car plowed into the back of the truck, hitting the man and severely injuring him. "Believe it or not, it seemed like it was all a dream," Christian said.
The sailors stopped their car and immediately ran to help the victim. Neither of them could get a pulse, so Christian called 911 while Cowan performed CPR.
The men were able to restore the victim's pulse and kept him calm until EMS workers could arrive. Cowan said he and Christian did not discuss whether to respond to the accident.
"I think it was automatic. I mean, I don't know if I could live with myself driving away," shared Cowan.
The swim instructors said they just learned the man is expected to survive after spending days in intensive care.
"I don't feel like a hero or anything. You just do the best you can to help people and I mean, that's all. I just felt like I helped somebody," said Christian.
First Coast News