Published: Jun 20, 2013 9:41 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 20, 2013 11:37 PM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, FL--a North Fort Myers man is alive after he says he was struck by lightning, and that's not all, he actually drove himself back to work after he says he was struck.

"I think it was cool that I got struck by lightning and I survived," said Richard Knox.

A sense of humor may be the best form of recovery for 29-year old Richard Knox.

The burn hole on the back of his shirt is a reminder of a day he will never forget.

"Saw a bright, bluish white flash and woke up on the ground," said Knox.

Knox was working on Northwest Second Terrace in the Cape fixing a sprinkler system.

He says the storm rolled in, but didn't think much of it.

"It's south Florida, it happens every day," he said.

Then Knox says someone across the street saw a bolt of lightning strike a pole and him.

knox woke up a few minutes later.

"I was sore, shaky, and my muscles were clinched together. Like everything was flexed really, really tight," he said.

But instead of calling for help he actually drove himself back to the office nearly fifteen minutes away.

Knox's coworkers called 911.

"I didn't think about it. I thought I was ok. I was just going to go back to work, take a break for a little while," he said.

His mother, Tracy Fox, was working in Port Charlotte when she heard her son was struck by lightning.




could have lost him today. My grandchildren could have lot their father," said Fox.



Knox miraculously survived without any markings on his back. The only proof he has is that burned shirt and he says it's a lesson learned for the next storm.



ile it is lightning I will stay in the truck," he said.


Knox was released from the hospital earlier today and his nurses told him he is lucky to be alive.


Knox plans to go back to work tomorrow.