Fallen officer's son gets police escort to school

Fallen officer's son gets police escort to school

Wearing his father's badge, the boy returned to Sullivan Elementary School with dozens of cops by his side, WNDU reported.

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

Dakota, the 5-year-old son of the late Terre Haute patrolman Rob Pitts, only asked if one of his dad's friends could ride in his father's police auto on his way to school, according to FOX59.

Pitts was killed in shootout with a suspect.

He stops and waves to someone behind the camera, and an officer then gives him a SWAT shirt.

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

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'Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could take him to school, so she kind of reached out to Rob's friends and family, ' said Les Ham, Terre Haute Police Department detective.

"Welcome back to school, bud", one of the officers says. Wolfe also died of a gunshot wound, but officials haven't yet released details about how he was shot.

"The sorrow @FLJanetHolcomb & I feel for the family of Patrolman Rob Pitts, the Terre Haute Police Department & the Wabash Valley region is beyond words".

He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

Dakota Pitts really didn't want to show up to school alone. Wolfe was armed with a handgun and fired at the officers, striking Pitts.

Dakota's father, Rob, was killed while on duty on May 4.

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