Sixth Grader Named Honorary Police, Sheriff Member After Saving Student, Disabled Woman

A sixth-grader from Oklahoma was named an honorary member of the Muskogee County police and sheriff's department after saving a fellow student who was choking as well as helping a disabled woman escape her burning home on the same day.

Dayvon Johnson was honored at a Muskogee Board of Education meeting last week by both law enforcement and school officials who commended his swift actions, the Muskogee Phoenix reported.

"I felt good, excited," Johnson said about his experience in being honored.

On December 9, a student began choking on a bottle cap at school, and Johnson quickly used the Heimlich maneuver to save him. Principal Latricia Dawkins said that the student was trying to loosen the cap of his water bottle so he could fill it, but it slipped into his throat.

The cap caused the student to start choking, and he staggered into a nearby classroom where Johnson happened to be at the time, Dawkins said.

"Davyon immediately sprinted over and did the Heimlich maneuver," Dawkins said. "From the account of the witnesses, when he did it, the bottle cap popped out."

Later that same day, Johnson helped a woman leave her burning house. He said that he saw that the back of the home was on fire, "but it eventually got to the front of the house."

"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."

A Facebook post from Muskogee Public Schools describing Johnson's actions and the ceremony that honored him was flooded with dozens of comments from people commending his lifesaving actions and congratulating him for the recognition.

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A sixth-grader from Oklahoma was named an honorary member of the Muskogee County police and sheriff’s departments after saving a choking fellow student and helping a disabled woman escape her burning home on the same day. A police vehicle is seen in Philadelphia on June 24, 2021. Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Dawkins called Johnson a "dual hero" and said the recognition couldn't have happened to a better person.

"He is just a kind soul and well-liked by his peers and staff alike," she said.

Johnson demonstrated how he got behind the choking student, wrapped his arms around the student and "burped him, kind of."

Johnson said he learned to do the Heimlich maneuver on YouTube and said it is a valuable procedure to learn.

"Just in case you're in the situation I was in, you can know what to do," he said.

His mother, LaToya Johnson, said she's not surprised at her son's actions, adding her brother, Wendell Johnson, is an emergency medical technician.

"I'm just a proud mom," she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sixth-grader Dayvon Johnson helped a woman leave her burning house earlier this month. He said that he saw that the back of the home was on fire, “but it eventually got to the front of the house.” A firefighter surveys a burning house early Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in the town of Lower Lake, California. Josh Edelson/AP Photo