At graduation, cop fills in for parents killed by drunk driver

Lindsey Fruge

In Orange County, Texas, police Lt. Eric Ellison had the worst job any cop can have: He had to tell Kazzie Portie, 18, that his parents were dead, killed in a car crash a week ago Sunday when their car was hit by a drunk driver.

Young Kazzie was to graduate from high school last weekend, but now his parents wouldn’t be there to watch him get a diploma.

So Lt. Ellison filled in.

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

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