Meet the Heroes: Eric Ellison

June 22, 2015

There are many times when police officers have to take action to save the lives of others. Sometimes, they take action to save their hearts. On May 24, 2015 Lt. Eric Ellison of the Orange Police Department in California responded to a double traffic fatality where Riley and Emily Portie were killed by a drunk driver while riding together on a motorcycle. Lt. Ellison went to their home and spoke with their next-of-kin, 18-year-old Kazzie Portie. Kazzie told Lt. Ellison that he was graduating from high school in a week and he didn't know what to do. Lt. 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." True to his word, Lt. Ellison attended Kazzie's high school graduation and met him on stage. The moment, captured and posted on social media, earned a standing ovation from the crowd and a moment of healing for Kazzie and Lt. Ellison.

To read the entire story, and to see additional photos of the event, click this link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/a-cop-who-had-to-tell-a-teen-his-parents-had-been-killed-sho#.yt8YzAR4g





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