Boy Shows up at Woman’s Door at Night with Baby Sister & Asked Her to Take Care of Them: ‘My Mom Died’

Last year, Salvatore Cicalese from Arizona proved that one’s age does not really matter when it comes to being a hero or, as in the case of this story, saving another person’s life.

The little boy was only five years old when he was celebrated as a hero for saving his mother’s life. Not only did he pull that off, but he also looked after himself and his two-month-old baby sister.

Kaitlyn Cicalese and her 2-month-old baby | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

A Night to Remember

Kaitlyn Cicalese and her 2-month-old baby | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

On the night of May 14, 2021, everything was going fine for Kaitlyn Cicalese and her family. The woman had put her little daughter to sleep and went to take a shower. Unfortunately, while having a bath, Kaitlyn suffered a seizure and fell to the floor.

Salvatore Cicalese holding his baby sister in news coverage after he helped save their mother’s life in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Salvatore Cicalese holding his baby sister in news coverage after he helped save their mother's life in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

The mom-of-two hit her head on the bathtub, immediately blacking out. Luckily for Kaitlyn, Salvatore was fully awake and heard the loud noise. He immediately went into the bathroom, only to be greeted by the sight of his mother on the floor with blood all over.

Salvatore thought his mother was dying and decided to look out for himself and his sister. So, he bundled the little girl in a blanket, opened the garage door, and proceeded to their next-door neighbor’s house.

Jessica Penoyer's 911 call after Salvatore Cicalese came over holding his baby sister claiming their mother was dead in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Jessica Penoyer’s 911 call after Salvatore Cicalese came over holding his baby sister claiming their mother was dead in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

The neighbor, Jessica Penoyer, spoke to ABC 15 about the events of that night. The woman recalled little Salvatore showing up at her front door all by himself at night and the feeling of surprise she felt. She’d heard him wrong, thinking he said his dog died, further stating:

„He’s standing there and holding something, and I thought it was a doll. He said no, my mom died in the shower. Can you take care of us?”

Salvatore Cicalese in the Rural Metro Fire Department truck | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Salvatore Cicalese in the Rural Metro Fire Department truck | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Penoyer’s next instinct was to call 911, who arrived and found Kaitlyn unconscious in the tub with the water still running. She was given immediate medical attention, which aided her full recovery. Nevertheless, the mother owed her life to her little boy.

The Rural Metro Fire Department honoring Salvatore with a shirt, a patch, a helmet, and an honorary firefighter certificate | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

The Rural Metro Fire Department honoring Salvatore with a shirt, a patch, a helmet, and an honorary firefighter certificate | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Kaitlyn revealed she was under the faucet, and if Salvatore had not gotten help, she would have drowned. All the mother-of-two could remember was putting her baby to sleep, going to take a bath, and waking up in the hospital.

Coping with the Trauma

Although Kaitlyn made a full recovery, Salvatore could not get over the trauma of that night. He would always ask his mother, „Are you going to have another seizure?” or „Are you going to die today?” to which she would reply in the negative.

Kaitlyn Cicalese hugging her son, Salvatore, in news coverage after he helped save her life in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Kaitlyn Cicalese hugging her son, Salvatore, in news coverage after he helped save her life in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Kaitlyn was emotional about how her son coped with the traumatic experience. However, she was proud of Salvatore for his show of strength and courage. The lucky parent also revealed how her son told his grandmother that he left with his baby sister to get assistance because he didn’t want the two-month-old infant to see their mother dead.

Kaitlyn Cicalese's son, Salvatore, showing how he opened the garage door in news coverage after he helped save his mother's life in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Kaitlyn Cicalese’s son, Salvatore, showing how he opened the garage door in news coverage after he helped save his mother’s life in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Although the little boy didn’t say much, he showed the media how he climbed a bar stool to open the garage door to go and get help. Salvatore confessed to falling on some shoes during the process, but he got right back up on that stool, and his act of bravery did not go unnoticed.

Rewarding Little Salvatore

The Rural Metro Fire Department honored Salvatore with a shirt, a patch, a helmet, and an honorary firefighter certificate. Fire Department spokesman Shawn Gilleland explained that the little boy would join the ranks of others who helped save Kaitlyn that day.

Salvatore Cicalese's honorary firefighter certificate from the Rural Metro Fire Department for helping save his mother's life in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

Salvatore Cicalese’s honorary firefighter certificate from the Rural Metro Fire Department for helping save his mother’s life in an April 15, 2014, YouTube clip | Source: YouTube/ABC15 Arizona

In addition, he stated that Kaitlyn and Salvatore’s story was the perfect example of how parents ought to teach their children how to deal with emergencies. He encouraged parents to talk to them honestly, asking things like what they’d need to do and how to call 911.

Gilleland also urged parents to ask their children to explain the proper uses for calling 911, how to get out of the house, and what to do if a fire starts. Little Salvatore acted on instinct since his family had never discussed any of the above

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