Police Officer Attends Graduation after Teen Loses Parents in Accident
Teenager Kazzie Portie was home alone when he got the worst news that someone could get- his parents had been killed in an accident according to CPA coach Ivan Ong. His parents, Riley and Emily Portie were traveling on their motorcycle when they were struck by a drunk driver. Both died on the scene. An Orange Police Officer who was on the scene had to deliver the bad news to the family.
When Officer Eric Ellison arrived at the family home, he found their youngest child, 18-year-old Kazzie home alone when he broke the terrible news. Officer Ellison spent some time with Kazzie after he broke the news and found out that the teen was just days away from graduating high school. With his parents gone, Officer Ellison promised him that he would be in attendance for his big day. He kept his promise.
According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, Officer Ellison was there to support Kazzie after he accepted his diploma from Little Cypress–Mauriceville High School. Officer Ellison was waiting to the side of the stage to give Kazzie a big hug when he stepped down. According to witnesses, there was not a dry eye in the house.
This hit close to home for the police officer, who had two daughters of his own. One who also graduated high school just mere days before Kazzie’s graduation day.