MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The man who helped a child injured during the Dauphin Island Parade earlier this month will be honored at another Mardi Gras parade.
David Mize told News 5 it was his “police officer instinct” that helped him jump into action on Saturday, February 2, after a child was hit by a golf cart before the Dauphin Island parade.
The father of the child who was hit is the president of Le Krewe de Bienville, and asked Mize to be the Grand Marshall for their parade in Mobile. They have a hero theme, and Mize will lead the parade on March 3rd at 5 p.m.
“Everything happens for a reason, you know? You create bonds,” said Mize.
The father tells News 5 his four-year-old son is doing physically better but is still recovering.
“They consider me a family member now,” said Mize.
He tells us that Mize is “our family hero. He’s his son’s hero. Everything worked out the best way. The best way to honor him was this. We owe him a great deal for saving our little boy.”
Mize was waiting for the Dauphin Island parade to start when he saw a golf cart hit a young boy, not far from where he stood.
“In the corner of my eye, a split second, he went out to the side of the road. The golf cart was a little bit too close to the grass,” Mize told News 5 the day after the incident.
The honor of leading the parade takes a horrible incident and turns it into an example of appreciation of bravery. “I really feel appreciated. He’s taken the time to call me and talk to me and wanting to meet up,” said Mize.
The parade rolls Sunday, March 3, at 5 p.m in Mobile on Route A.