5-year-old boy gets escorted by 70 police officers to school after hero cop dad dies in line of duty
Dakota's father was an Indiana police officer for the Terre Haute and Sullivan police departments and was killed in the line of duty
When five-year-old Dakota Pitts returned to school for the first time a week after his father death, he did not want to go alone. The boy, before heading to school on Monday, reportedly asked his mom if one of his father's friends could drive him to school. He was in for a touching surprise.
When Dakota reached his school at Sullivan Elementary, he was greeted by at least 70 Indiana police officers who were waiting outside to give Dakota his very own police escort to school, according to reports. The officials included Terre Haute Ppolice officers and Vigo County sheriff's deputies.
A heartbreaking story of a 5 year old, Dakota Pitts, that returned to school for his first day back after his father was killed in the line of duty. He was not alone! Dakota had 70 officers to welcome him back. #NationalPoliceWeek 👮♂️#LivePDNation 🇺🇸#WeGotYour6 💙 pic.twitter.com/ueDNdpKzaL— #LivePDNation (@LivePDNation) May 15, 2018
Dakota's father, Rob Pitts, was an Indiana police officer for the Terre Haute and Sullivan police departments and was killed in the line of duty by a 21-year-old suspect last week.
The five-year-old received the much-needed support from the police officers on Monday as he proudly wore his father's police badge and walked past a long line of officers.
We love our blue families. https://t.co/amJBUdhpec— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 15, 2018
Reports state that the officers wanted Dakota to know that they would always have his back and they were just like family to him.
The Indiana officers also gave the young boy his very own SWAT T-shirt and badge after he arrived at the school.
Officer Rob Pitts' son, Dakota, went to school today for his first day back since his dad lost his life in the line of duty. There were 70 police officers on hand to welcome him back. See the video here. https://t.co/iAMCgkaejG pic.twitter.com/hS6fOusWQ9— WTHI News10 (@WTHITV) May 14, 2018
Dakota was accompanied by his dad's sister, Kelly Jones, who said that the moment gave her chills.
"He will definitely know his dad was a hero. Blood doesn't always make family. And I think the blue family went above and beyond," Jones said, according to WTHI.
Congratulations to those fine terre haute police officers this video shows how big hearts police officers have God bless them and dakota pitts and his family— Bruce Brown (@BruceBr05971212) May 15, 2018
A police detective, Les Hamm, said: "Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could take him to school so she reached out to Rob’s friends and families.
The boy, last week, gave a special message to his father through local TV station WTHI, which his mother told him would help his dad see from heaven.
Dokota said: "Dear Dad, I love you and I miss you so much."
"Dear Dad, I love you and I miss you so much." fallen officer's five-year-old son, Dakota Pitts, shares message to his dad, Fallen Officer Rob Pitts. https://t.co/UZQgXQkhis #LIVEPD #LIVEPDNATION #Prayers #LODD #RIP @SadiaBaxter pic.twitter.com/NP4Q0RQNoy— Blue Alert (@BlueAlertUs) May 9, 2018
His mother, Josie Huff, said that the child's heart hurts because it has been broken.
We love you Dakota & Rob Pitts.— Justin Shoemaker (@JustinDudarino) May 15, 2018
I know all of Terre Haute will help raise you big and strong.