Dayvon Johnson, an Oklahoma native, is being hailed a hero after he performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking classmate and helped a woman during a house fire all in the same day, according to Facebook.
The unidentified student was choking on a bottle cap after trying to loosen the top using their mouth as opposed to their hands.
Once the cap became trapped in the student’s throat they made their way to a neighboring classroom where Johnson was located, the school’s principal said, according to Enid News & Eagle.
Using the techniques he learned from a YouTube video, Johnson got behind the student, wrapped his arms around them and applied abdominal thrusts, saving their life.
“It was a disabled lady and she was walking out of her house,” Johnson 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.”
On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook and acknowledged the 11-year-old’s bravery.
“The Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education recognized sixth-grader Davyon Johnson during the board meeting Tuesday night, ” the department said in a statement.
“Davyon performed the Heimlich maneuver on a classmate on December 9, and that evening helped a woman from her house that was on fire,” the statement added. “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!!,”
Johnson said he was “excited” about receiving the honor. The 11-year-old also garnered praise from Latricia Dawkins who is the principal at 6th and 7th Grade Academy at Benjamin Franklin, according to the Muskogee Phoenix.
“He is just a kind soul and well-liked by his peers and staff alike,” Dawkins said.
The student’s mother, LaToya Johnson, said she’s a “proud mom” and added that her son’s attentiveness that day is possibly attributed to her brother, Wendell Johnson, who works as an emergency medical technician.