Yesterday, Sheriff Ian Parkinson honored 11-year-old Samuel Waterman of Arroyo Grande with the 911 Hero Award. Last December, Sam was returning home from walking a dog, when he heard a cry for help from one of the homes. He went to investigate and discovered Susan, an elderly neighbor who had slipped and fallen in her home and had been lying there for nearly 28 hours. Sam immediately called 911, directed first responders to her home, stayed with her while they assessed her condition, made her something to eat and drink, and even walked and fed her small dog. For his heroic actions Sam was recognized by the Sheriff's Office for saving a life. Sheriff Parkinson said, "Sam is a true hero. Even though he's just 11-years-old, he had the presence of mind to assess the situation and take action. And in doing so, he saved the life of his neighbor. We are grateful to Sam and are pleased to honor him today."