70 officers escort slain officer's son as he returns to school

70 officers escort slain officer's son as he returns to school

A "blue line" of support helped an IN boy go back to school, after his police officer father was killed on the job.

Footage shows Dakota Pitts walking with a police past a line of his father's colleagues, who stand solemnly, to the school gates.

The SWAT Team even presented Dakota with his own SWAT shirt and badge.

According to the MailOnline, his father, Rob Pitts, was a 16-year veteran with the force.

"Welcome back to school, bud", one of them greeted him.

"It's a brotherhood", Detective Les Hamm, Terre Haute Police said.

Bracelets honoring fallen Terre Haute Police Officer Rob Pitts are now on sale as a memorial fundraiser.


Sullivan Elementary Principal Samantha Phegley told CNN the school wanted to facilitate Dakota's return to school as much as possible.

"He will definitely know his dad was a hero", Kelli Jones, Rob Pitts' sister, told WTHI-TV.

Terre Haute patrolman Rob Pitts was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.

Not only did he get a ride to school, but when he arrived, he saw at least 70 of his dad's fellow Terre Haute Police officers and Vigo County Sheriff's deputies lining the sidewalk to his school.

He was 45 years old.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts, left, consoles Terre Haute Chief of Police John Plasse, centre, at the scene of the fatal shooting. "Thank you for your continued prayers".

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