An Arizona boy ended up saving his mother's life when he decided to take his baby sister and run to his neighbor's house -- telling her that his mother was dead.
Salvatore Cicalese was in bed when he suddenly heard his mom fall. He grabbed his 2-month-old sister and wrapped her in a blanket, then went to the garage and used a bar stool to open the door. The 5-year-old then went across the street with his sister and knocked on neighbor Jessica Penoyer's door.
"He's standing there and holding something and I thought it was a doll," Penoyer told KNXV. The woman at first thought Sal was telling her that his dog died.
"He said no, my mom died in the shower. Can you take care of us?" she said.
Penoyer called 911 and went to the home to find the children's mother unconscious in her bathtub with the shower running.
"Honestly he saved my life. I was under the faucet. If he wouldn't have gotten help, I would have drowned," Kaitlyn Cicalese said.
The mother said she doesn't remember much, but she suffered a stroke in the shower -- her second since her pregnancy.
"I turned on the shower, that's all I remember," she said. The next thing she remembered was waking up in a hospital bed.
Since the terrifying incident, Cicalese said her son has been scared for his mother's health.
"Every day is a challenge for us. He asks me a billion times if I'm going to be OK. He'll tell me: 'Are you going to have another seizure?' No, I'm OK. 'Are you going to die today?' No, I'm not going to die today," she said.
Sal reportedly told his grandmother that he took his sister and left the home because he didn't want her to see her mom dead.
Local firefighters honored Sal with a certificate that made him an honorary firefighter.
"Rural Metro Fire wants to recognize you as an honorary firefighter. You get to join the ranks of all these guys that came to help your mom," spokesman Shawn Gilleland said.
"A really brave and protective little man. Real example to others. Especially grown men that just need to grow up," one Mad World News reader commented in response on the site's Facebook page.
"What a courages little boy, and thinking to get his sister. God bless him and the neighbor," another added.