Early last week, Indiana police officer Rob Pitts was killed in the line of duty, leaving behind his five-year-old son Dakota.
Monday was Dakota's first day back at school after losing his father and he didn't want to go alone. According to WTHI-TV 10, Dakota asked his mom to see if one of his dad's fellow officers would take him to school on his first day back.
Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad’s friends could drive him to school for his first day back. Little did he know that would turn into 70 Terre Haute and Vigo County officers showing up in Sullivan. He was shocked 💙 pic.twitter.com/lbXquLdTJU
— Kiley Thomas (@KileyWTHI) May 14, 2018
When he got to school, Dakota was greeted by 70 officers and deputies who were there to provide support for the mourning family.
Kelli Jones, sister of the late Rob Pitts, said:
"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.”
Since his father's death, Dakota has had his eyes on the news, enjoying the positive coverage and respect showed toward of his late father.
WTHI-TV 10 previously reported that the five-year-old had a message for his father: “Dear Dad, I love you and I miss you so much.”