JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Valerie Fowler, Johnny's wife says, "It was just shocking. It just made my heart just beat, beat, beat, beat, beat. I didn't really know what to do." Jonathan, Johnny's son says, "I was frightened because I thought my dad was going to blow up."
Jonathan and his mom and dad were headed for a fishing trip Sunday afternoon. They were driving on I-10, when they noticed a car on the side of the road. "As we were approaching it we noticed it was on fire," said Johnny.
They immediately pulled over. Johnny jumped out of his car and ran to the smoking vehicle. "As I was getting to the vehicle the fire underneath was getting much worse. And I'm running to the vehicle yelling get out get out," he says.
Jonathan says, "She screamed, it's just smoking, it's just smoking. And then my dad started screaming, no it's on fire." "It was just moments after Johnny got her out of the car. Got her out of the car and by the time they made it back to the back end of our car, the whole inside of the car was flamed up," said Valerie.
Johnny says the woman just thought her car was overheating. But now she says she's so thankful the Fowlers decided to stop. And today, Jonathan and his mom are proud to call Johnny a hero.
"People think football players and basketball players they're paid millions, they're heroes. Or people on movies are heroes but really just good ol 'Joe Blows here' who do good things," said Valerie. "Those are the real heroes."