Selden boy honored for bravery after 911 call saved mom

Carolina Leid reports from Selden.
A 7-year-old boy on Long Island is being honored for making a 911 call that saved his mother's life.

"She was drooling all over the floor. She tried to get up again, but she hit the cabinet door," said Michael Sitler, the hero.

7-year-old Michael Sitler didn't panic as he watched his mother have a seizure Friday afternoon at their Selden home.

He grabbed the phone and called 911 immediately, answering every question quickly and calmly.

"I was scared about if she would die. I just hoped she wouldn't die," Michael Sitler said.

"My whole body was convulsing. I tried to get Michael to call 911, but it felt like I was swallowing my tongue," said Sunny Sitler, Michael's mother.

Michael gave dispatcher Marlo VanHoutan important details including his address, phone number and what led up to his mother's illness.

He also comforted his 4-year-old sister Karlie and got their dog Chance out of the way.

Firefighters arrived in just three minutes.

"He didn't appear to be afraid. He just was. He knew there was a problem and he was taking care of business," VanHoutan said.

"To your bravery, your love for your family, and your dedication to your community," an official said during a special ceremony.

The third grader was presented with a certificate for bravery and sworn in as a Selden Junior Firefighter Tuesday evening.

Doctors are still trying to figure out what happened to his mom.

Proud doesn't begin to describe how his parents feel about his incredible actions.

"I'm truly blessed that he stepped up to the plate like that. He just kept his wits about him," Sunny Sitler said.
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