MT. JULIET, TN -- A man who was saved from his burning car by two good Samaritans now wants to thank them in person.
Orlando Garcia and Anthony Armstrong tell WKRN that they were both driving down Interstate 40 in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, when they noticed the front end of the man's car engulfed in flames. Both men pulled over and sprang into action.
They ran over to the car and found the driver asleep with a blanket over his head.
"I honestly thought it was going to be one of those rescue 911 moments from when I was a kid. You know, I'm either going to die saving this guy or we're going to get lucky," Armstrong told WKRN.
The men were able to wake up the man, untangle his seat belt and get him to safety. The victim, who is a father of three and wants to remain anonymous, says he doesn't know how the fire started and is fuzzy on the details of the ordeal.
"I think maybe smoke came through the vents of my car. I blacked out, I guess. By God's intervention, I pulled over to the side of the road," he explained to WKRN. "I don't really remember a whole lot."
The man wants to say thank you to his rescuers for saving him and is grateful to be able to return to his kids.
"Thank you so much for saving me. My kids will remember this forever, I'll make sure of it. You guys are my heroes."
Investigators believe mechanical failure is the cause of the fire.