An Oklahoma sixth grader is being hailed as a “dual hero” after he saved the lives of two people in the same day.
Davyon Johnson was honored by the Muskogee Police Department, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and Muskogee Public Schools earlier this month after he used the Heimlich maneuver to rescue a choking classmate. Later on that same day, 11-year-old Dayvon rescued an elderly woman from a burning house.
The Enid News & Eagle reported that on Dec. 9, a student at the 6th and 7th Grade Academy where Davyon goes to school was trying to fill his water bottle and used his mouth to loosen the cap. The cap slipped into his mouth and he began choking.
When the choking student stumbled into a nearby classroom, Davyon was there and he rushed into action.
“Davyon immediately sprinted over and did the Heimlich maneuver,” said school Principal Latricia Dawkins. “From the account of the witnesses, when he did it the bottle cap popped out.”
Davyon told the local newspaper he learned the Heimlich maneuver on YouTube, calling it a valuable procedure to learn.
“Just in case you’re in the situation I was in, you can know what to do,” he said.
Later that day, while walking after school, Davyon saw a house fire and ran to help an elderly woman with a walker get away from the building.
“It was a disabled lady and she was walking out of her house,” Davyon said. “She was on her porch. But I thought, being a good citizen, I would cross and help her get into her truck and leave.”
He said it was the back of the house that was on fire, “but it eventually got to the front of the house.”
Dawkins called Davyon a “dual hero.”
“He has always indicated that he wants to be an EMT,” she said. “So he got to put that desire into action and immediately saved that young man.”
The young hero was named an honorary member of the police and sheriff’s departments, according to a Dec. 15 Facebook post from Muskogee Public Schools.
Davyon’s mother, LaToya Johnson, told the Enid News & Eagle she was not surprised by her son’s heroic actions. She noted her brother, Wendell Johnson, is an emergency medical technician, and that Davyon aspires to be like his uncle.
“I’m just a proud mom,” she said.
And how did Davyon feel about the honor?
“I felt good, excited,” he said.