Tonya McCullough, the woman Atkins carried to safety, thanked the reporter for the Orlando NBC affiliate on Friday. She said “in all the madness” she didn’t get a chance to tell him how much she appreciated what he did.
McCullough said she was heading to her job as a nurse, when she got stuck in rising waters.
“It was dark and rainy and gloomy and you have no idea how deep that was,” she said. “I realized I can’t drive through this and I tried to back up, the water is filling up the inside of the car.”
“I had been there all morning, so I had an idea that it was safe. I didn’t see power lines, I didn’t see animals, I also didn’t see anyone else, and that’s why I jumped into it.”
“He was there for me—he’s my knight in shining armor, he was there to rescue me,” McCullough said.