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What This Cop Did For A Graduating Teen Who Just Lost His Parents Will Touch Your Heart

On May 24, in Orange, Texas, a drunk driver struck Riley and Emily Portie while they were riding their motorcycle. Tragically, the parents of five children died at the scene.

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Officer Eric Ellison of the Orange Police Department responded to the accident, and had to break the news to the couple’s children. Upon pulling up at their house, Kazzie, their youngest son, was the only one home.

After hearing the heartbreaking news, Kazzie told Officer Ellison that his graduation from Little Cypress – Mauriceville High School was coming up in less than a week, and he wasn’t sure what to do about it.

Officer 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.”

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Officer Eric Ellison

Ellison said that the accident stayed with him, since his own 18-year-old daughter was graduating that Friday.

The veteran police officer showed up to the ceremony on Saturday as promised “I had to be the bearer of bad news for him, and I felt that was just the right thing to do,” Ellison said.

As Kazzie walked across the stage to accept his diploma, Ellison waited to congratulate him at the end of the stage.

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As the officer gave Kazzie a hug, the entire auditorium gave Kazzie a standing ovation.

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Kazzie said that Officer Ellison’s support and care for he and his family meant the world to him.

While his parents couldn’t be there to see him graduate, he knows that they are proud of him and the man he has become.

This story truly touched my heart and reminded me how many good people are still left in this world. If you ever see Officer Ellison on the street, please stop and thank him for his sincerity and kindness in a time when a hurting family needed it the most. Here’s the heart-touching video:

Kristen Lawrence
Texas staff writer for Only in Your State, blogger for Power of Positivity, and freelance health, wellness, and travel writer. I spend any chance I get traveling, enjoying nature, trying out new recipes, and meditating. I love sharing smiles, good food, and great conversation :)