HUNTSVILLE, AL -- You could call Antoine Dodson a hero.
He rushed in to help his sister Kelly last month when she says someone broke into their apartment, crawled in her bed and tried to rape her. The suspect got away and and police are still trying to identify him.
Millions of Americans, however, recognize Antoine after an interview he gave to Huntsville's WAFF-TV hit YouTube and was adapted into an auto-tune song.
"Bed Intruder Song" has gotten more than 12 million hits on YouTube and inspired numerous parodies. As of Tuesday afternoon, it was the 35th most-downloaded song on iTunes, beating songs by Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Usher and Justin Bieber.
Dodson is seizing the moment, but he says he wasn't trying to make a name for himself with the initial interview; he just wanted to warn his neighbors.
"What people fail to realize is, we don't run around crying, acting sad," Dodson told WAFF Huntsville. "We dust our shoulders off and keep on moving."
Dodson, who gets a portion of the proceeds from the iTunes song, now has enough money to move his family into a new house. He also has a Facebook fan page, T-shirt line and ring tone.
(WAFF Huntsville/NBC contributed to this story,)