Rob Pitts, a 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute and Sullivan police departments in Indiana, was killed last week while responding to a call. His son, 5-year-old Dakota Pitts, returned to school on Monday for the first time since his father’s murder.
The tribute paid to him and his father was something to behold. Dakota had asked his mother if one of his dad’s friends could drive him to school. When he arrived at Sullivan Elementary, 70 Indiana policemen were waiting outside to escort him into the school, reported CBS News.
Dakota wore his father’s police badge proudly as he walked along the line of officers. According to CBS affiliate WTHI, officers also gave him his very own SWAT T-shirt and badge upon his arrival.
The line of officers had one message for Dakota: They wanted him to know that they would always have his back.
“He will definitely know his dad was a hero,” said his father’s sister, Kelly Jones.
“Blood doesn’t always make family,” she added. “And I think the blue family went above and beyond.”
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