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Oklahoma sixth graders praised for heroism twice in one day

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma sixth-grader has been honored by school and law enforcement officials for his heroic actions not once but twice on the same day.

Earlier this month, Davyon Johnson used the Heimlich method on a classmate who was choking on a bottle cap at his school in Muskogee. Finally that day, he helped a woman escape a burning house, Muskogee Phoenix reported.

Last week, Davyon was named an honorary member of the police and chief of staff at the Muskogee Education Committee meeting, the newspaper reported.

“I feel good, very excited,” Davyon said of the honor.

Principal Latricia Dawkins called Davyon a “double hero” and said the recognition couldn’t have happened to someone better.

“He was a kind-hearted person and loved by his colleagues and employees,” she said.

Dawkins recalls the incident that brought Davyon honor. She said one student was trying to refill a water bottle and loosen the cap with her mouth. She said.

The choked up student happened to walk into a nearby classroom, where Davyon happened to be staying, she said.

“Davyon immediately rushed over and did the Heimlich maneuver,” says Dawkins. “According to eyewitness accounts, when he did, the bottle cap popped off.”

Davyon demonstrated how he walked behind the choking student, wrapping his arms around the student and “burping him, that sort of thing.”

Davyon helped a woman evacuate her burning house later that day.

“It was a woman with a disability 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 over and help her get in the truck and leave.”

The back of the house was on fire, he said, “but it eventually got to the front of the house.”

Davyon said he learned how to do the Heimlich maneuver on YouTube and said it was a valuable process to learn.

“Just in case you’re in the same situation as me, you probably know what to do,” he said.

Davyon’s mother, LaToya Johnson, said she wasn’t surprised he was behaving this way. She said her brother, Wendell Johnson, is an emergency medical technician.

“I am just a proud mother,” she said.

https://kesq.com/news/2021/12/23/oklahoma-sixth-grader-praised-for-heroism-twice-in-one-day/ Oklahoma sixth graders praised for heroism twice in one day

DUSTIN JONES

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