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Officer supports teen who lost parents in tragic accident

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Riley and Emily Portie were struck and killed by drunk drivers in Orange, Texas, after riding their motorcycle on the evening of May 24. Lt. Eric Ellison was the one of the first responders on the scene, and the one who had to break the news to their youngest son, 18 year-old Kazzie Portie.

Kazzie Portie received a standing ovation as his name was called and he walked across the stage at his graduation ceremony to receive his diploma. On stage was Officer Erik Ellison, the officer who had to given him the tragic news that his parents had been killed just days before. The image shows Officer Erik Ellison and Kazzie Portie embracing on stage just after Kazzie received his diploma. Image Source Erik Ellison Facebook Page
Kazzie Portie received a standing ovation as his name was called and he walked across the stage at his graduation ceremony to receive his diploma. On stage was Officer Erik Ellison, the officer who had to given him the tragic news that his parents had been killed just days before. The image shows Officer Erik Ellison and Kazzie Portie embracing on stage just after Kazzie received his diploma. Image Source Erik Ellison Facebook Page

Kazzie was just days away from his graduation from Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School. Ellison told him that he could not miss this very important moment. “I 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,” Ellison told BuzzFeed News.

Screen shot from video above showing the aftermath of the tragic accident that ended the lives of Riley and Emily Portie.
Screen shot from video above showing the aftermath of the tragic accident that ended the lives of Riley and Emily Portie.

The officer was the first to congratulate Kazzie as he walked across the stage on Saturday, while the crowd gave him a standing ovation. He said he felt it was ‘the right thing to do’ after giving him the tragic news, and that he would want someone to do the same for his daughters.

Officer Erik Ellison and Kazzie Portie pose for a picture. Ellison attended Portie's graduation in support of the teen who lost his parents to a tragic motorcycle accident a week before graduation.
Officer Erik Ellison and Kazzie Portie pose for a picture. Ellison attended Portie’s graduation in support of the teen who lost his parents to a tragic motorcycle accident a week before graduation.

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

Portie Family photo. Image Source Emily Deanne Hinote Portie
Portie Family photo. Image Source Emily Deanne Hinote Portie

“The life struggles you see out here, it was rough on the kid, on the family. Sometimes life is not fair but you have to go on and I think Kazz is going to do that,” said Ellison.

He also stated that Kazzie is still continuing in his plans to go to college.

Video Taken by Blake Henning of Kazzie Portie walking across the stage to receive his diploma:

Quoted from Blake Henning with the video:

“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”

 

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