January 18, 2022 by By Cathy Stack
“He is just a kind soul and well-liked by his peers and staff alike,” said Latricia Dawkins, principal at Davyon’s school. “He has always indicated that he wants to be an EMT. So, he got to put that desire into action and immediately saved that young man.”
The drama unfolded one day in December when a student used his teeth to remove a water bottle cap. When the cap lodged in his throat, the panicked student stumbled to the neighboring classroom where Davyon sat. Davyon, realizing the severity of the situation, immediately sprang into action. He sprinted over to the gasping student and quickly performed upward abdominal thrusts, known as the Heimlich maneuver, which ejected the cap from the boy’s throat.
Davyon said he learned the lifesaving technique from a YouTube video. He never realized just how important that lesson would one day become.
Later that day, during his walk home from school, keen-eyed Davyon witnessed a house fire. Scanning the scene, he noticed an elderly woman using a walker and attempting to escape the flames. He quickly ran over to offer his assistance. He escorted the distressed woman off her porch and brought her to the safety of her truck while the fire engines raced to the scene. Davyon showed up just in time, as the fire quickly spread to the front of the house.
Davyon received some well-deserved praise from the community for both of his good deeds: The Muskogee Police Department presented him with an honorary officer certificate; the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office made him an honorary deputy; and the Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education presented him with an award for heroism.
Davyon’s mother, LaToya Johnson, said she was not surprised by her son's heroic actions. She noted that he always wanted to follow in his uncle’s footsteps by becoming an emergency medical technician.
“I’m just a proud mom,” LaToya said.
Davyon said he was “excited" about receiving the honors. He views them as one step further in fulfilling his dream of becoming an EMT and helping others.
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