Oklahoma Sixth Grader Saves Two People’s Lives In One Day

The 11-year-old student’s principal says Davyon Johnson is “well-liked by his peers and staff alike.”

Davyon Johnson a Black male sixth grade student wears glasses, a black sweatshirt that says NASA, black sweatpants, and white sneakers. He's standing next to a white male with red hair, glasses, in a gray suit with a white shirt and light purple tie.

On Dec. 9, 2022, Davyon Johnson saved two lives. The Muskogee Police Department and Muskogee County Sheriff's Office presented Davyon Johnson with an award for his heroic acts.

Photo by: Muskogee Public Schools via Facebook

Muskogee Public Schools via Facebook

By: Aaron Rasmussen

A sixth grader in Oklahoma was hailed as a hero twice in a single day after he saved another student from choking and helped a disabled woman escape her burning home.

In the first incident, Principal Latricia Dawkins said a classmate of 11-year-old Dayvon Johnson at the 6th and 7th Grade Academy in Muskogee was loosening a water bottle lid with his mouth when it came off and went into his throat.

Johnson sprang into action as soon as the choking boy stumbled into his classroom.

“Davyon immediately sprinted over and did the Heimlich maneuver,” Dawkins told the Muskogee Phoenix about the Dec. 9 incident. “From the account of the witnesses, when he did it the bottle cap popped out.”

“He has always indicated that he wants to be an EMT," Dawkins noted of Johnson, who said he learned how to do the Heimlich maneuver on YouTube. “So he got to put that desire into action and immediately saved that young man.”

Incredibly, later the same day, Johnson told KOTV he spotted a disabled woman trying to escape her burning home but realized that she was “not moving fast enough.”

“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.

Principal Dawkins called Johnson a “dual hero” and noted that the boy “is just a kind soul and well-liked by his peers and staff alike.”

The quick-thinking child was honored at a recent ceremony with a heroism award and named an honorary officer of the Muskogee Police Department and honorary deputy of the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office.

“I’m just a proud mom,” LaToya Johnson said of her son.

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