TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA — Two young ladies from Tangipahoa Parish have been honored for their “Courage” and “Heroism” during a horrific event in their lives.
On April 27, 2012, Mikayja Oliver, 8, was viciously attacked by 2 pit bull as she was riding bikes with her friend Desiree Mitchell, 11. During the attack, Desiree physically attempted to get the dogs off of Mikayja. When she realized that her efforts were not going to stop the animals, she ran for help.
“Most adults put in a situation like that may not have handled themselves as composed and brave as Desiree did. Most of us would have panicked or even ran away.” Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, said.
As Sheriff Edwards presented their plaques, he shared with Desiree that her extraordinary act of bravery has defined her as a true hero and has shown a pure demonstration of the strength of her character.
Mikayja was presented with a plaque of courage because of her will to fight while maintaining a positive attitude during the entire experience. Many believe that her positive attitude is what has aided in her journey to recovery.