Oklahoma, 11, rescues choking student and helps woman from house fire on same day
An 11-year-old rescued a suffocating student at his school this month, then jumped into action a second time that day when he escorted an elderly woman from a burning house, officials say of Oklahoma.
For most people, let alone a child, the selflessness displayed by Davyon Johnson on December 9 amounts to more than a life of heroism.
But Davyon’s mother Latoya Johnson, 38, said Thursday her boy has always shown maturity beyond his years. He simply showed, she said, his real self.
“He’s always been there to help, whenever he can,” Johnson told NBC News. “He’s still the same kid. It’s not as if it had more or less done it.
Muskogee Public Schools, in a Dec. 15 statement, detailed Davyon’s incredible actions and also said community officials recognized him with several awards.
“The Muskogee Public Schools School Board recognized sixth-grade student Davyon Johnson at the board meeting Tuesday night,” the statement said. “Davyon performed the Heimlich maneuver on a classmate on December 9 and that evening helped a woman in her burning house. The Muskogee Police Department and Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office issued Johnson with a certificate designating him as an honorary member of their force.
Johnson said his son was initially too modest for any accolades.
“He didn’t really want recognition. But like I told him, he did something amazing, ”she said.
The police department presented Davyon with an honorary certificate, the sheriff’s department regarded him as an honorary deputy and the school board presented him with an award for heroism, Johnson said.
Davyon told her he learned Heimlich on YouTube, she said.
His memorable day began at school, Johnson said, where a boy rushed into Davyon’s class because he was choking.
“The little boy was trying to open a water bottle with his teeth, and the cork got stuck in his throat. He was trying to find help, ”Johnson said.
The spooky scene unfolded in front of students who gathered around the child, Johnson said. “My son pushed everyone out of the way and went to do the Heimlich maneuver. “
Davyon’s second act of heroism didn’t come until hours later and happened just blocks from their home, Johnson said. It was late afternoon and it was getting dark, when Johnson drove his son home from wrestling training and both smelled of smoke.
At first they didn’t think about it, Johnson said, but then they noticed a house was on fire.
Johnson parked in front of the house, honked several times and called 911 as smoke was billowing from the back of the house, she said.
Davyon reached the front door and knocked frantically. Several people rushed out of the house, Johnson said. She thought the ordeal was over.
But as Davyon walked towards her, Johnson said, an elderly woman came out of the front door using a walker.
The house was now visibly on fire and Davyon escorted the woman to safety, Johnson said.
She said she never feared for her son’s life, even if he put himself in danger.
“I believe God will protect him no matter what he does for a living.”
Davyon was not immediately available for comment on Thursday because he was in wrestling training.
His mother said she was so proud of him.
His courage and desire to help will come in handy in his future endeavors, Johnson said. Davyon is considering a career as an emergency medical technician or physician, she said.
What Davyon did earlier this month was an emotional boost ahead of the holidays, as his father died of complications from Covid-19 in August, Johnson said.
Davyon told his mother that his father’s spirit was with him on December 9, she said.
“This is something my father instilled in me,” he told her.