11-Year-Old Oklahoma Boy Saves Classmate from Choking, Woman from House Fire in Same Day

An 11-year-old Oklahoma boy is being called a hero after his quick thinking saved two lives in a single day.

A sixth-grader from Muskogee, Oklahoma named Davyon Johnson saved two people’s lives in one day. The 11-year-old was by the water fountain in school when he saw a seventh-grade boy choking with the cap of a water bottle.

“I’m choking. I’m choking,” whispered the choking boy.

A crowd had gathered but Davyon made his way to the boy and performed the Heimlich maneuver. Three thrusts later and the cap flew out of the boy’s mouth. Emergency medical workers arrived but the boy was perfectly okay thanks to Davyon.

Davyon’s uncle, Wendell Johnson, is an emergency medical technician. The sixth-grader learned the Heimlich maneuver on YouTube all while being inspired by the man.

After school, Johnson spotted a woman with a walker attempting to escape a burning home. The boy says the blaze began at the back of the building, “but it eventually got to the front of the house.”

That’s when Johnson jumped into action.

The sixth-grader told KOTV that he quickly realized the woman was “not moving fast enough” and bolted across the street to help her to her truck.

“It was a disabled lady and she was walking out of her house,” Johnson said of the incident to the Phoenix. “She was on her porch. But I thought, being a good citizen, I would cross and help her get into her truck and leave.”

LaToya Johnson, the boy’s mother, told the outlet that her son’s actions aren’t entirely surprising. In addition to the boy’s dream of becoming an EMT, LaToya says her brother, Wendell Johnson, is an emergency medical technician.

“I’m just a proud mom,” she said.

For most people, let alone a child, the selflessness Davyon Johnson displayed on Dec. 9 amounts to more than a lifetime of heroics.

But Davyon’s mother, Latoya Johnson, said Thursday that her son has always demonstrated maturity beyond his years. He merely showed, she said, his true self.

The police department presented Davyon with an honorary certificate, the sheriff’s department deemed him an honorary deputy and the school board presented him with a heroism award, Johnson said.

Davyon racked up other honors, too.

Source: people.com, nbcnews.com, ronproject.com

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