JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Family members knew someone had helped save Eddie Capps the day he got hit by a car on San Pablo Road, but they never thought they would know who.
Now, the Capps hope to thank the men in person.
"I was so excited and the first thing I thought was I want to call them," said Capps' longtime girlfriend, Gayle Schultz.
Schultz heard about the two Navy rescue swim instructors because of a story about the pair.
AWS2 Frank Christian and STG1 Joseph Cowan saw the accident happen and immediately ran to help Capps, keeping him alive until EMS could arrive.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you," gushed Schultz. "Thank you so much from all of us - his children and myself - we thank you so much. Thank you for taking the time to help him."
Schultz said Capps was in a medically induced coma for two weeks, but is now staring to progress. He spoke his first words Wednesday, she said.
Family members said Capps still has a lot of recovering to do and are hoping to raise money to cover some of his medical expenses by hosting a fundraiser on August 27.
First Coast News