Davyon Johnson: Oklahoma student, 11, honored for saving two people on the same day
Davyon Johnson saved a choking classmate and rescued a woman from a house fire on the same day
A sixth-grader from Oklahoma was recognized for heroism after saving a choking classmate and rescuing a woman from a house fire on the same day. 11-year-old Davyon Johnson was named an honorary police officer, honorary sheriff's deputy, and a hero all in the same day for his deeds. Johnson was presented with the three prizes during the Muskogee School Board meeting.
According to a school district Facebook post, he performed the Heimlich technique on a choking classmate on December 9 and later that evening, he assisted a woman whose house was on fire. The first event happened during the school day, according to Dawkins. Johnson acted when one of his students at the 6th and 7th Grade Academy swallowed a water bottle cap while attempting to remove it with his mouth. In an interview, Johnson's principal, Latricia Dawkins, described him as a "dual hero” while adding, "He has always indicated that he wants to be an EMT. So he got to put that desire into action and immediately saved that young man," adding that Johnson "is just a kind soul and well-liked by his peers and staff alike."
According to the principal, Johnson "immediately rushed over" to the choking youngster and executed the Heimlich technique. "From the account of the witnesses, when he did it the bottle cap popped out," she stated. Johnson described the incident by saying he put his arms around his classmate and "kind of burped him." He learned how to perform the Heimlich technique on YouTube and recommends that others do the same. "Just in case you're in the situation I was in, you can know what to do," he added.
After this, the second incident happened when after school, Johnson noticed a woman with a walker attempting to flee a burning house. "But it eventually got to the front of the house." the youngster adds, saying that the fire started towards the back of the property. Johnson sprung into action at that point. The sixth-grader saw the woman was "not moving fast enough" and dashed across the street to assist her to her pickup. "It was a disabled lady and she was walking out of her house, She was on her porch. But I thought, being a good citizen, I would cross and help her get into her truck and leave," Johnson describes. Undersheriff Greg Martin presented the sixth-grader with a plaque designating him as an honorary deputy for the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office at the occasion. In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office said, "We are all so proud of you, Davyon!!