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National Grid Hometown Hero

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders
Seven-year-old Michael Sitler stepped up and saved his mother’s life when he was called upon.


Actually, Sitler was the one who did the calling, dialing 911 when his mother, Sunny, succumbed to a seizure in the family’s home.

“We heard a big thump so I ran up to see what happened and I saw my mom lying down on the floor,” Michael said. “So I called 911 and they came straight over.”

Michael was taught by his parents to call 911 if his mom suffered a seizure, but no one could prepare him for the pressure, or the distractions that accompany the traumatic situation. His four-year old sister was crying, the family dog was barking and he was obviously upset, but Michael kept his composure, directing the fire department to his house. His poise left an impression on his family, the Selden firefighters and National Grid, who named Michael their Hometown Hero for November.

“That is just heart-wrenching story to stand next to that kid who was seven years old and to have called 911 and save his mom's life,” said Tim Small, National Grid’s VP of Gas System Engineering. “It's absolutely spectacular and very special.”

No one is more thankful than his mother.

“It's such an amazing feeling,” she said. “I'm so proud of him and his father is to. I mean we have no words.  This is the second time he's saved my life and he truly is my angel.”

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