SELDEN - A 7-year-old boy from Selden was honored Tuesday night after his quick action saved the life of his mother.
Michael Sitler received the honor of becoming a junior firefighter with the Selden Fire Department.
Michael saved his mother's life last Friday at their home on South Evergreen Drive. Sunny Sitler had a seizure and collapsed, and Michael called police.
A dispatcher at Suffolk County Fire Rescue says Michael showed composure and bravery under pressure.
Michael says he was scared, but he knew it was important to stay calm. "If you're crying when you are on the phone...They won't understand what you're saying. So, I tried not to cry," he says.
Within three minutes of Michael's 911 call, first responders arrived at the Sitler home. Michael directed paramedics to his mom and gave police his father's cellphone number to contact him.
In addition to becoming a member of Selden's bravest, Michael received a certificate of bravery.
Michael says it feels great to become a junior firefighter. He says he hopes to fight fires when he grows up because he likes helping people.
Michael learned how to call 911 from his parents as well as from fire and safety lessons at school.