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Posted: June 01, 2015

Officer who told teen his parents were killed attends his graduation

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Orange, Texas —

Texas police officer Eric Ellison has become known nationwide for doing one thing – just showing up.

After the parents of high school student Kazzie Portie were killed when their motorcycle was hit by a drunk driver, Ellison was among the first responders on the scene.

When someone was sent to find Riley and Emily Portie’s next of Kin, Ellison was there again, finding their son Kazzie home alone, and delivering the news.

Ellison told Buzzfeed that when he was sitting and talking with Kazzie, the 18-year-old said he was just about to graduate from high school in less than a week, and he wasn’t sure what he was going to do.

Ellison said: “You are going to walk!”

“Your mom and dad will have front row seats looking down from heaven, and I’ll stand in their place. I’ve got your back,” he told WISHTV.

So when that day came for Kazzie to graduate, Ellison showed up again. In fact, he was waiting for him the second he walked off the stage.

According to Buzzfeed, the entire auditorium gave Ellison and Kazzie a standing ovation.

The story has since gone viral. And Ellison later posted on his Facebook page that he wants the emphasis to be on Kazzie:

“I just want everyone to remember that through this tragedy, this was ALL about Kazzie and his day to shine,” he wrote. “I just did what I would want someone to do if I had left my kids early.”


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