After Breaking the News of His Parent’s Death, Officer Ellison Showed Up at This Young Man’s Graduation
— Paul Cording (@OscarRomeo1268) June 1, 2015
Texas police officer Eric Ellison has become a national hero after performing one simple act — showing up at a high school graduation.
On May 23, Riley and Emily Portie were tragically killed when their motorcycle was hit by a drunk driver. Officer Ellison was one of the first responders to the scene, and was given the task of delivering the news of the couple’s death to the next of kin. When Ellison showed up to the home of the Portie’s— parents of five—high schooler Kazzie Portie, their youngest, was there alone to receive the news of his parent’s passing.
While sitting with Ellison after he broke the tragic news, the 18-year-old admitted that he wasn’t sure how he was going to get through the upcoming week since he was supposed to graduate from high school. Then Officer Ellison made a very kind promise to the high schooler.
“I said, ‘You are going to walk!'” Ellison told BuzzFeed News. “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.”
And true to his word, Ellison showed up to Kazzie’s graduation and was there to give him a hug after he finished receiving his diploma and finished walking across the stage. The entire stadium stood and cheered for the pair.
Ellison, who has his own 18-year-old daughter, has since tried to steer the public’s attention towards Kazzie as the story has gone viral.
“I just want everyone to remember that through this tragedy, this was ALL about Kazzie and his day to shine,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I just did what I would want someone to do if I had left my kids early.”
Additionally, a GoFundMe account has been set up for those that wish to help Kazzie as he mourns the loss of his parents.
Officer Ellison had to break the news to this teen that his parents had been killed. What he did next makes me cry…