Five-year-old boy is being credited for saving his mother's life after she had a seizure and collapsed in the shower.
Salvatore Cicalese ran to his neighbour Jessica Penoyer's house with his baby sister in his arms after finding his mum, telling her "My mom died in the shower. Can you take care of us?"
"He's standing there and holding something and I thought it was a doll," Ms Penoyer told ABC News about the events, before she called 911 and rushed next door to find Salvatore's mother was still alive.
When Sal heard his mother fall, and discovered something was wrong, the young boy dragged a bar stool to climb up and flick the switch to open the garage door. He says he fell off first, but was successful when he tried again.
"Every day is a challenge for us. He asks me, probably, a billion times if I'm going to be OK," Ms Cicalese says.
Sal has been recognised for his bravery by the local fire brigade who have dubbed him an 'honorary firefighter'.