An 11-year-old Oklahoma sixth-grader was honored for his heroics after he saved a fellow schoolmate from choking and also rescued a disabled woman from a house fire later that same day.
According to Enid News & Eagle, Davyon Johnson sprang into action and perfectly executed an abdominal thrust maneuver he had learned to save a schoolmate who was choking on a bottle cap that had slipped into his throat after he tried opening it with his mouth. The principal of Davyon’s school, Latricia Dawkins, said the choking student ended up in a classroom where Davyon fortunately was.
“Davyon immediately sprinted over and did the Heimlich maneuver,” Dawkins recalled. “From the account of the witnesses, when he did it the bottle cap popped out.”
Dawkins also praised Dayvon for saving his schoolmate. “He has always indicated that he wants to be an EMT,” Dawkins said. “So he got to put that desire into action and immediately saved that young man.”
The 11-year-old said he learned how to execute the maneuver on YouTube, adding that it is an indispensable skill to learn. “Just in case you’re in the situation I was in, you can know what to do,” Davyon said.
The sixth-grader’s heroic act did not end there. Later after school on the same day, Davyon also helped a disabled woman escape a house fire. The woman was using a walker when Davyon helped her get to safety, KOTV reported.
“It was a disabled lady and she was walking out of her house,” Davyon told Enid News & Eagle. “She was on her porch. But I thought, being a good citizen, I would cross and help her get into her truck and leave.”
Officials with the Muskogee Public Schools, Muskogee Police Department, and Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office honored Davyon for his heroics during the Muskogee Board of Education meeting on December 14. The police and sheriff’s departments also bestowed an honorary member title on him.
“I felt good, excited,” the young hero said in reference to the honor.
Davyon’s mother, LaToya Johnson, said what her son did that day did not come as a surprise to her. “I’m just a proud mom,” she said.