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Fresno boy honored for saving brother from hit-run vehicle

Deshaun Mitchell (center right) was honored with a plaque at Saint Rest Baptist Church in southwest Fresno Sunday after he shoved his brother away from an oncoming SUV while crossing a southwest Fresno intersection in January.
Deshaun Mitchell (center right) was honored with a plaque at Saint Rest Baptist Church in southwest Fresno Sunday after he shoved his brother away from an oncoming SUV while crossing a southwest Fresno intersection in January. pschlesinger@fresnobee.com

A 9-year-old Fresno boy was recognized at a southwest Fresno church on Sunday for acting selflessly to save his younger brother from being hurt by a hit-and-run driver.

Saint Rest Baptist Church honored Deshaun Mitchell with a plaque for his bravery and quick thinking. Deshaun shoved his brother out of the way and was struck by the hit-and-run driver while crossing a southwest Fresno intersection on Jan. 22.

Deshaun also was recognized at Valley Children’s Hospital after being treated for a broken leg, bruised lungs and swollen left temple.

The driver, Danny McClain, 28, was arrested on Feb. 10 after he checked in with his probation officer. He was booked into the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of hit-and-run and violating probation. He was previously convicted of selling narcotics.

Deshaun’s mother, Shawnnika Peters, said she was proud of her son’s actions that day.

She said her older son’s actions make her feel like “I’m doing the right thing, like I was raising my child the way I was supposed to be. He’s not the same anymore. He’s growing up really fast.”

Deshaun, along with his brother and mother, were welcomed to the front of a packed congregation as they were presented with the plaque. The church swelled with cheers as Deshaun thanked the church for the award and said he was grateful for the recognition he has received from the community.

Paul Schlesinger: 559-441-6659, @PaulSch_Photog

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