June 3, 2015

Eric Ellison - a Good Samaritan Cop in Orange, Texas

On May 24, 2015, Officer Eric Ellison had to make a disturbing visit to a home in Orange, Texas.

Eric is a member of the Orange Police Department. Orange is a city in Orange County, Texas, with a population of over 18,000. It is the easternmost city in Texas.

Kazz Portie and Officer Eric Ellison
He had attended the scene of a tragic motorcycle accident in which Riley and Emily Portie had been killed by a drunk driver. Riley and Emily had five children.

As part of his duties, Eric went to the Portie family home to break the news to the next of kin. The only one at home was Kazz Portie, age 18.

Kazz was due to graduate from Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School within days and Eric told the young man that he would attend to see him graduate and to stand in for his parents.

Eric stated to Kazz: "Your mum and dad will have front row seats looking down from heaven, and I'll stand in their place. I've got your back."

On May 30, 2015, Eric Ellison kept his promise and went to the graduation ceremony. He was waiting on the sidelines to give Kazz a big hug.

Kazz Portie stated:  "seeing Officer Ellison there to congratulate me meant the
Light a candle for Emily and for Riley. Light
their way to Heaven.
world to me. It was so nice to see that he actually showed a genuine care for me and my family's situation..".

Kazz stated that his parents spoke to him in the month before their deaths stating how proud they were of him for graduating and for being the man he had become.

Kazz Portie got a standing ovation at the graduation ceremony. Everyone there was aware of his family's tragedy.

Riley and Emily's loved ones are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. They were always there for their kids. They did their best. They will be forever mourned.

Riley and Emily are survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever miss them.

Pray that Riley and Emily are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

God bless Officer Eric Ellison for his kindness and concern. Amen.

We need more men like him in this world who show kindness to strangers. It would be a better world if we all did so.

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