11-year-old honored for saving fellow student from suffocation and woman from house fire in one day
By Amanda Jackson, CNN
A sixth-grader from Oklahoma was honored for his heroism for taking action to save a choking classmate and save a woman from a house fire in one day.
And for his actions, 11-year-old Davyon Johnson has been made an honorary police officer, honorary sheriff’s deputy and hero – also all in one day.
Johnson received all three awards last week at the Muskogee school board meeting. On December 9, he performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking classmate, according to a Facebook post by the school district – and later that evening he helped a woman whose house was on fire .
Latricia Dawkins, principal of the Davyon school, told Enid News and Eagle that a student was removing the cap from her water bottle to fill it when the cork got stuck in her throat. Davyon saw the student choke and performed the Heimlich maneuver, which dislodged the hood, saving the student, Dawkins said.
âHe always indicated he wanted to be EMT,â Dawkins told the newspaper. “So he was able to put that desire into action and immediately saved this young man.”
Later that evening, he saw a woman’s house on fire and helped her down from her porch to her vehicle.
Last week, the Muskogee Police Department, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office and the school board recognized Davyon for his actions. The police department presented him with an honorary officer’s certificate, the sheriff’s department appointed him as an honorary assistant, and the school board presented him with the heroism award.
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