Heroic 11YO Saves Choking Student And Helps An Elderly Woman From A Burning Home On The Same Day: "He Is A Kind Soul"

Heroic 11YO Saves Choking Student And Helps An Elderly Woman From A Burning Home On The Same Day: "He Is A Kind Soul"

Sixth grader Davyon Johnson is truly special.

An 11-year-old Oklahoma boy saved not just one but two lives in a single day. Davyon Johnson is being hailed as a hero as he helped save a choking classmate as well as an elderly woman with a walker escape a house fire in just a matter of hours on Dec. 9. Muskogee Public Schools, the Muskogee Police Department, and the Muskogee County Sheriff's Department honored the youngster for his quick thinking. Undersheriff Greg Martin also handed the sixth-grader a certificate naming him an honorary deputy for the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office.



The Sheriff's office wrote in a post: The Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education recognized sixth-grader Davyon Johnson during the board meeting Tuesday night.
Davyon performed the Heimlich maneuver on a classmate on December 9, and that evening helped a woman from her house that was on fire. Undersheriff Greg Martin presented Davyon with a certificate, denoting him as an honorary Deputy for the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office. We are all so proud of you, Davyon!!



Speaking of being a "dual hero" Principal Latricia Dawkins told The Muskogee Phoenix, "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." Dawkins added that Johnson "is just a kind soul and well-liked by his peers and staff alike." Describing the first incident the principal explained that a classmate accidentally swallowed a water bottle cap after attempting to unscrew it with his mouth. Johnson "immediately sprinted over" to the choking child and performed the Heimlich maneuver which he learned from YouTube. "From the account of the witnesses, when he did it the bottle cap popped out," she explained.

Just a few hours after, later that day, he spotted a woman with a walker attempting to escape a burning home. "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 the back of the house was on fire, "but it eventually got to the front of the house."



Davyon’s mother, Latoya Johnson is nothing but proud about the wonderful son she's raised. “He’s always been there to help, whenever he can,” Johnson told TODAY. “He’s just still the same kid. It’s not like it’s made him any more or any less. He didn’t really want recognition. But like I told him, he did something extraordinary,” she said.

Muskogee Mayor Marlon J. Coleman announced that Dec. 10 was declared “Davyon Johnson Day" in the city. “He sends a clear message to the people of Muskogee that this represents the type of people we really are,” Coleman said. “He was very heroic. He was very selfless. He did it almost as part of his natural personality. It wasn’t taught. It’s just who he is as a person. For us, it makes us proud that we have those type of young people in our community.”

The young boy's father had died from complications of COVID-19 in August, Johnson said and Davyon told his mom that his father's spirit was with him the day these incidents took place. “That’s something that my dad instilled in me,” he told her.








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