Tyler Broberg raced into a burning home on December 22, 2012 to save his young dog, Cash, from the flames.
"When I went in, I went in on my hands and knees because my house was a complete fireball," he said.
During the rescue Broberg was severely injured and suffered third-degree burns on 30 percent of his body, according to a press release from the Humane Society. The $1,000 check is intended to help Broberg with medical costs.
The Humane Society salutes Tyler and hopes his example will inspire others to promote humane treatment of animals everywhere.
Broberg said with or without the award, he'd do the same thing all over again.
Funds have been set up to help Broberg with his medical bills. Donations may go to either the Tyke & Ashley Fund at Wells Fargo, the account ending with #1596, or to an account in Tyler Broberg's name at Mountain America Credit Union, the account ending with #6637