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Policeman who had to tell teen his parents died in tragic accident hugs him at his graduation

Officer Eric Ellison supported Kazzie at his graduation following his parents' tragic death. Photo: Facebook Eric Ellison
Officer Eric Ellison supported Kazzie at his graduation following his parents' tragic death. Photo: Facebook Eric Ellison
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A policeman who had to break the news that to a teenager that his parents had been involved in a fatal motorcycle accident turned up to support him at his graduation ceremony.

Officer Eric Ellison of Orange Police Force in Texas, USA, hugged and congratulated Kazzie Portie (18) on stage during the ceremony at Little Cypress–Mauriceville High School a week after breaking the news that his parents Emily and Riley Portie had died instantly in a fatal accident.

The teenager’s parents were riding their motorcycle when they were struck by a drunk driver and Officer Ellison was appointed the difficult task of breaking the news to the couple’s youngest son who was the only one home at the time.

The couple had five children.

Officer Ellison revealed that Kazzie was concerned about graduating less than a week after his parents’ deaths.

“I said, ‘You are going to walk!’” Ellison told BuzzFeed.

This picture sums up, why LIFE matters. If you were at the LCM Graduation today you could feel the love shown by the Class of 2015.

Posted by Eric Ellison on Saturday, 30 May 2015

“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 said.

“I had to be the bearer of bad news for him, and I felt that was just the right thing to do.”

The Officer embraced the teenager after he collected his diploma and the auditorium of people gave the pair a standing ovation which was recorded by Kazzie’s older brother Blake.

“Seeing Officer Ellison there to congratulate me meant the world to me,” he said.

“It was so nice to see that he actually showed a genuine care for me and my family’s situation instead of us just being another ‘case.’”

“My parents talked in the last month how proud they were of me for graduating, and not just for graduating, but how proud of me they were for the man I have become,” he said.

“And knowing all of this truly warms my heart with joy.”

This was such a special moment. Thank you class of 2015 for making this such a memorable occasion for our family. So proud of you @kazz418 I love you so much. Throughout all of this you have been so strong and we are so proud of you. Thank you for being such a great brother. I am so excited to see what the future holds for you. I know mom and bubba are so proud of you. Again, love you brother and thank you for being who you are.Kazzie Portie

Posted by Blake Henning on Saturday, 30 May 2015

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