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This 6th-grader gave a classmate the Heimlich and saved a woman from a fire in one day

The Muskogee Public Schools posted this image of Davon Davyon Johnson last week to its Facebook page. The Muskogee Police Department and Muskogee County Sheriff's Office presented the 6th-grader with a certificate naming him as an honorary member of their force.
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The Muskogee Public Schools posted this image of Davon Davyon Johnson last week to its Facebook page. The Muskogee Police Department and Muskogee County Sheriff's Office presented the 6th-grader with a certificate naming him as an honorary member of their force.

An 11-year-old boy from Oklahoma is being honored for his heroism after he saved a choking classmate and rescued a woman from a house fire in one day.

Davyon Johnson was named an honorary member of both the sheriff's office and the police force and was recognized by the board of education in his hometown of Muskogee, a city about 50 miles southeast of Tulsa.

"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 Muskogee County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook last week.

The Muskogee Public Schools posted a series of photos showing Davyon posing with his various awards and certificates.

Davyon performed an "abdominal thrust" — also known as the Heimlich maneuver — on a classmate at the 6th & 7th Grade Academy at Ben Franklin, according to the Enid News & Eagle.

Principal Latricia Dawkins told the newspaper that a student was trying to loosen the cap of his water bottle with his mouth when he choked and stumbled into a nearby classroom, where Davyon rushed over to help.

"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."

Davyon told the newspaper that he had learned the maneuver on YouTube and encouraged others to learn it in case of emergencies.

Later that same day, Davyon saved a woman from a burning house. He said he saw her with her walker on her porch and crossed the street to help her get into her truck and leave.

"I thought, 'Oh, she's not moving fast enough,' " he told Tulsa's News on 6. "So I ran across the street and helped her to her truck."

Dawkins told the News & Eagle that Davyon is well liked by his classmates and teachers, calling him "a kind soul" and a "dual hero."

"He has always indicated that he wants to be an EMT," she said. "So he got to put that desire into action and immediately saved that young man."


This story originally appeared on the Morning Edition live blog.

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