McDavid Special Needs Girl Gets Special Surprise Drive-By Birthday Parade From Escambia First Responders

April 5, 2020

In the days of COVID-19 and social distancing, traditional birthday parties for kids are out.

A 15-year old special needs girl in McDavid was unable to have a party Saturday, but the party came to Ella Kizer thanks to Escambia County first responders.

Led by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Chip Simmons, the parade included other deputies, the ESCO Mounted Posse, Escambia County EMS and the McDavid and Molino stations of Escambia Fire Rescue along with decorated vehicles with friends and family.

For a photo gallery, click here.

As the parade passed by, Ella shrieked with joy and waved. She received presents, birthday cupcakes and balloons.

“This is for me? Wow,” she exclaimed with a huge smile. “This is the best birthday ever!” photos, click to enlarge.


26 Responses to “McDavid Special Needs Girl Gets Special Surprise Drive-By Birthday Parade From Escambia First Responders”

  1. LIBBY CHAVIS on April 8th, 2020 9:16 am

    So sorry I wasn’t able to make it, Happy birthday Ella!

  2. Mildred on April 6th, 2020 1:47 pm

    This is awesome! Happy Birthday ELLA!!!

  3. Denise on April 6th, 2020 12:03 pm

    This is a feel good story. We need it right now. Happy Birthday Ella.

  4. Ella's Mom on April 6th, 2020 11:28 am

    Infinity of Thank yous . This is the best Birthday Gift and We are so grateful to everyone that Organized and Participated . The generosity love and kindness of the community is such a blessing we are very grateful for all the Birthday Wishes and for Giving Ella such an Amazing Birthday. Thank you .

  5. Jacqueline on April 5th, 2020 9:37 pm

    A day you will always remember, Ella!
    Happy 15th Birthday and your community loves you!
    Hope you have a wonderfully blessed year!
    Thanks to all who made it special for you!

  6. Amber on April 5th, 2020 3:17 pm

    This is amazing! Happy Birthday Ella!!!

  7. Leslie on April 5th, 2020 3:01 pm

    A very Happy Birthday Ella! Hope it was a wonderful surprise!

  8. Mrs. Perry on April 5th, 2020 2:49 pm

    Happy Birthday Ella!! I miss not seeing you at school everyday!!
    What a special Birthday for a sweet young lady.

  9. Karen Courtney on April 5th, 2020 1:59 pm

    Happy Birthday ella .what a great Birthday .

  10. Blessed on April 5th, 2020 1:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Ella, God bless all of you.

  11. Rachel Bradley on April 5th, 2020 12:41 pm


  12. finna ckay on April 5th, 2020 12:35 pm

    Happy Birthday Ella, you deserve to be celebrated!! Great job to all!

  13. Jane MacWhinnie on April 5th, 2020 11:56 am

    Happy Birthday Ella, what a way to celebrate!

  14. Ashley Singleton on April 5th, 2020 11:54 am

    Looks like you had a great birthday!!!! Such a wonderful thing to see during these tough times. <3

  15. Melissa Middleton on April 5th, 2020 11:12 am

    You all are amazing! The thought and time put into this surely shows.The mounted Posse was a great addition.What young girl doesn’t love horses! The best news story all year.Thank you

  16. Ann Philen on April 5th, 2020 11:04 am

    Happy Birthday sweet Ella! Hope you are having a good weekend@

  17. Florida Girl on April 5th, 2020 10:01 am

    Happy Birthday Pretty Girl!!! What a WONDERFUL birthday, indeed! This is the kind of positivity we need in the world right now!

  18. LINEMAN'S WIFE 3 on April 5th, 2020 8:55 am

    Happy birthday, Ella, ur the best!!

  19. Matt & Jenn on April 5th, 2020 8:54 am

    Happy Birthday Ella! Sorry we missed it. Hope you had a wonderful day.

  20. David on April 5th, 2020 8:53 am

    Gotta love them all…that girl is happy and it is pure love and humanity working here
    Great job to all involved…
    Happy birthday Ella

  21. mat on April 5th, 2020 8:40 am

    With all the negative things going on (covid-19, unemployment),
    its nice to see something positive happening.
    Thank You for printing this story.
    Please do more like this.
    You made my day.

  22. Mrs. Perry on April 5th, 2020 8:13 am

    Happy Birthday

  23. JTV on April 5th, 2020 7:05 am

    Happy Birthday Ella

  24. @skip on April 5th, 2020 1:18 am

    Good job Chip Simmons! You are changing the way some people feel about the department. I will be voting for you. That girl looked so happy

  25. Century living on April 5th, 2020 1:00 am

    Happy birthday

  26. Friend on April 5th, 2020 12:47 am

    Happy birthday ella!!
    And deserve the best

    This is why I am proud to live in ESCAMBIA COUNTY FL

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