A young Panacea boy is being hailed as a hero. Nine-year-old Austin Miller is credited with saving his best friend's life.
In February Austin watched as a dog viciously attacked six-year-old Jack Allbritton in his yard.
Austin threw rocks at the dog, then ran to get Jack's father, who also jumped in to help save the boy.
Tuesday the sheriff presented both of them with certificates of bravery, even though they don't consider themselves heroes.
"He's my best friend and I didn't really want him to get hurt that bad," said Austin recalling that day.
Mandy Hampton, Jack's mother, says she couldn't be more thankful for what the boy and the man did.
"If it weren't for them being there, my baby wouldn't be here, my baby would be in heaven, and I'm a really selfish mom. I want him here; I want him here with me."
The state attorney’s office is investigating the case and deciding if criminal charges will be filed.