Pinned onto Dieter's Boy Scout uniform is a national award for saving a woman's life. 80-year-old Emojean McDonald says she's here today because of Dieter.
“I was yelling, ‘help me help me!’ Bless his heart, he helped me,” said McDonald.
She shows the deep scars she'll likely have forever after a neighbor's pit bull attacked last year while she walked to her mailbox.
“I don't even see the dog, next thing I know he's got my arm and then jumped up. He felt like he was taller than me, but I don't know. Then he knocked me down,” said McDonald.
Dieter was playing outside and sprang into action. He grabbed a stick and raised it over his head. The dog bit Dieter, then ran. Dieter is modest about what he did.
“Actually it wasn't me, it was the stick,” said Dieter.
The act of heroism is commendable for a child, but it's remarkable for child with Autism.
“I and my family are grateful. I'll probably cry, but, it is heart-thinking that a child like him could think of something to pull that dog so he would get off of me,” said McDonald.
Dieter says he wants to be like everyone else, but his bravery and quick-thinking in a moment of crisis sets him apart.
“In the 30 years that I've worked for the Boy Scouts of America, this is the first time I've helped in presenting this medal for this level of heroism,” said John Richers, C.E.O. for the Sequoia Council.
The pit bull has been put down because of the attack. Dieter’s parents say that while it's tough for Dieter to articulate it, his message is that just because you're Autistic, doesn't mean you can't accomplish great things.