So. Indiana police escort son of fallen officer to school

5-year-old son of fallen Terre Haute officer shares message for his dad

70 Indiana police officers escort son of fallen officer for first day back to school

Heartwarming footage shows the youngster walking to the doors of his school, wearing his dad's badge around his neck, flanked by dozens of officers standing in solidarity for the courageous little boy.

"Welcome back to school, bud", one of the officers says.

The SWAT team even gave Dakota his own shirt and badge.

According to the MailOnline, his father, Rob Pitts, was a 16-year veteran with the force. But when Dakota arrived, he was shocked to see who was there to greet him.

"He will definitely know his dad was a hero", Jones said.

Officer Pitts, 45, was killed during a shootout with a homicide suspect on Friday, May 4.

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Dakota Pitts headed back to school Monday for the first time since the death of his father, Officer Rob Pitts - who was killed in the line of duty.

Terre Haute Police Officer Rob Pitts was killed in the line of duty two weeks ago.

The suspect opened fire from a second floor Terre Haute apartment building after he was approached by four investigators, police said.

So, Dakota asked his mom whether one of his dad's fellow police officers could escort him to Sullivan Elementary School in western Indiana.

The officer was rushed to a hospital, where he died. "Blood doesn't always make family, and I think the blue family just went above and beyond". "Thank you for your continued prayers".

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