An 11-year-old boy from Oklahoma, United States, was honored on December 15 for saving not one but two lives in a single day.
Davian Johnson has been named an honorary member of both the sheriff’s office and the police force, and is recognized by the Board of Education in his hometown of Muskogee, located about 50 miles southeast of Tulsa.
“Davian performed the Heimlich maneuver on a classmate on December 9 and helped a woman escape her burning home that night,” wrote the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook,
The Heimlich maneuver is a first aid procedure that performs abdominal compressions on a person who is suffocating.
Meanwhile, Muskogee Public School has also posted a series of photos on Facebook, showing Davian posing with his decorations.
“Good, I’m excited,” said the boy after receiving the award.
How were you saved?
Davian Johnson was at Muskogee Public School, where he is in sixth grade, on December 9, when one of his classmates tried to open the top of a water bottle with his mouth and choked it.
The school’s principal, Latricia Dawkins, told a local newspaper: “Davian immediately ran and performed the Heimlich maneuver.”
“According to an eyewitness, when it (the Heimlich maneuver) was performed, the victim pulled out the cap of the bottle,” he said.
In return, the boy said that he learned the maneuver on YouTube and that it was a valuable learning process.
“If someone finds themselves in the situation in which I have found themselves, they will know what to do,” Johnson said.
Director Dawkins said she was not surprised by the boy’s quick reaction.
“He always says he wants to be an EMT (emergency medical technician), she said.
But Johnson’s good work did not end there that day.
A few hours later, the boy saw a disabled woman escaping a fire in his home and ran to help him out of the garage and into his vehicle.
“I thought, ‘She’s not moving fast enough.’ So I went out onto the street and helped him get into his truck,” Devon told a local TV station.
According to director Dawkins, the boy is very fond of his peers and teachers.
“He’s a kind soul” and a “double hero,” Dawkins said.