LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He may be small, but his courageous heart is huge.

One young boy was honored in a big way Thursday for saving his dad's life.

All eyes were on 6-year-old Xander McPheeters. But all the attention was a little overwhelming. When his mom got up to speak, young Xander couldn't hold it in any longer.

"I'm so proud of you, bub, and I love you," she said, as Xander began to cry.

He was being honored in Salem, Indiana, for saving his dad's life in October.

The spotlight kept shining as he was given commendations sent from Indiana Governor Mike Pence and U.S. and state lawmakers. Finally, he was honored with the Hobie's Heroes award.

It's named after Hobie Billingsley, a legendary diver and coach.

"It's unbelievable," Billingsley said. "The youngest we've had up to this point is 14 years old."

The story of what Xander did to save his dad's life--will choke anyone up.

"I saw a tree hit him, and I runned out there," Xander recalled, breaking down in tears. "I helped him, shut the tractor off, everything for him, to help him."

His dad was on a tractor, when a tree limb knocked him out.

"About 6-8 inches around, about eight foot long, dead piece fell out, hit me in the head," said James McPheeters, Xander's father. "He come down there 'cause he sees the tractor's up against a tree just sittin' there spinning and he couldn't really see me 'cause I was out."

"He was bleeding, his head was cut open," Xander said.

"He had blood all on him, they said," said James McPheeters. "He realized it was more than he can handle."

After turning the tractor off, the courageous little boy ran to get help.

"He's very smart and got a big heart," James McPheeters said of his son. "He knows that it was a bad situation."

Xander's dad has recovered from a concussion, and other serious injuries.

"I don't see how he could handle it," he said. "It's amazing how he kept his cool and made things happen."

Xander seems to know his actions saved his dad, who's still here because of him.

"I helped him," Xander said tearfully. "I love him."

If you're wondering how a little boy knew how to turn a tractor off, his dad says he's around equipment all the time.

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