DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - One week ago, Kim Drawdy called her family and told them goodbye. She didn't think she was going to make it out of a severely flooded Goodyear Blvd.
Billy Wilson didn't let that happen.
"I see her phone sticking out the water so I dove in and went straight after her," said Wilson.
Wilson was just trying to get home. Drawdy was trying to get to work. They were complete strangers.
"Its just something I knew that had to be done I couldn't just see someone out there and not do anything, I'm not that type of person."
Wilson said if it weren't for a tree in the way of an alternate route, he never would have gone on Goodyear Blvd. He never would have seen Drawdy.
"I don't think I deserve any recognition for what I done," said Wilson.
But Drawdy desperately wanted to see him again.
Drawdy: "Hey" Wilson: "Oh I'm so glad you're ok."
Wilson is not a trained first responder. He simply was in the right place at the right time and has a heart to help.
Wilson is still upset he couldn't get to another woman, Jennifer Mitchell. Wilson and Drawdy both watched as the water consumed her.
"I got about middle ways and the current started pulling me under, I almost didn't make it back out myself. I didn't think I would make it back out," said Wilson.
But he did, and Drawdy is so relieved to be able to see his face during the day with the sun shining.
"I definitely remember exactly what he looks like. I don't think I could ever forget his face," said Drawdy. Wilson: I'm just glad I was there" Drawdy: "Me too."