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.

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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!”

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

COVID-19 Last Week: First Escambia County Death, Local Cases Triple

April 5, 2020

A 75-year old woman was the first person to die in Escambia County from COVID-19, as confirmed Saturday by the Florida Department of Health.

The woman had no travel history and no known contact with a previously diagnosed case.

The number of hospitalizations in Escambia County nearly doubled as of Saturday’s report, increasing from five Friday evening to nine on Saturday.

In the one week period from March 29, the number of Escambia County cases tripled from 37 to 118 on Saturday, April 4. During the same time period, cases in Pensacola jumped from 26 to 84, and the number of Cantonment cases over doubled from nine to 19. The first case was reported during the week in the Century area.