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Cop Makes Incredible Gesture for High School Graduate

A Texas police officer is proving that a little kindness goes a long way. After delivering devastating news to a high school senior, Officer Eric Ellison did what he could to help the grieving student.

Riley and Emily Portie, parents of five children, were driving on their motorcycle when a drunk driver hit them. Officer Ellison responded to the scene, but unfortunately, both Riley and Emily had already died.

It was Ellison's responsibility to tell the family. Kazzie, their youngest son, was home alone when Ellison delivered the horrible news.

The 18-year-old was especially distraught, because his high school graduation was less than a week away. He didn't know what to do.

"I said, 'You are going to walk!'" Ellison told BuzzFeed News. "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."

The situation hit Ellison particularly hard, because his own daughter was getting ready to graduate from high school as well.

He kept his word to Kazzie and when the teen received his diploma, Ellison was waiting for him at the end of the stage.

Kazzie's brother caught the moment on video when the entire auditorium rose to its feet and gave a standing ovation as the police officer hugged the high school graduate.

"If you didn't cry, then you don't have a heart," Desiree Scales of the Orange Police Department told BuzzFeed News. "I was bawling my eyes out."

Kazzie and his family have received an outpouring of support since the accident, but nothing quite measures up to what Ellison did.

"Seeing Officer Ellison there to congratulate me meant the world to me," Kazzie told BuzzFeed News. "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.'"

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