JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Johnny Lewis didn't have time to think. He said he used the shirt off his back Saturday night to help a complete stranger who was shot and seriously hurt.
"I love the pool," Lewis said.
Lewis, who is an assistant pool manager at the Clanzel T. Brown pool on Moncrief Road, said he spends quite a bit of time at the pool.
"I love working with the kids," he said.
Lewis was at work Saturday night when he heard two noises.
Lewis said he saw a car that had crashed into a fence near Golfair and Moncrief Road.
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"I kind of hesitated though," Lewis explained. "I didn't know what to expect."
He told the lifeguards to close the pool and he ran across the street.
"I yelled out to the person that was in the car "Hello? Hello? You alright? You alright?" Lewis exclaimed.
Inside the car, according to police, was 71-year-old Charles Hall.
He was not alright.
"It was like he was in and out of consciousness," Lewis explained. "He said 'I've been shot.'"
Police said Hall told them two suspects tried to rob him by saying "Give it up pops."
But, Hall refused and got in his car to get away from the suspects when he was shot.
Driving with the gunshot wounds, Hall crashed into a nearby fence.
"I didn't have time to think," Lewis said.
Lewis said his 20 years of experience working for JaxParks kicked in. Lewis is a father of 3 adult children.
Lewis said he immediately took off his shirt and started to apply pressure to the wound on Hall's back.
The officer and emergency personnel arrived and took hall to UF Health where Hall was treated and released.
"I don't think I'm a hero," said Lewis. "I was just doing my job."
Though he shies away from being called a hero, Lewis does have one thing to say to Hall.
"I'm glad you're okay," he said with a smile.
Lewis said he will remember this for a long time.
Pam Roman, spokeswoman for JaxParks said Lewis has nothing negative on his 20-year record with the department.
"We are proud of our employees anytime they are able to help someone." Roman said. She added that they also want their employees to be aware of their safety.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said an investigation is ongoing and if anyone has information you are asked to call 904-630-0500.
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