5-Year-Old Son of Fallen Officer Gets Police Escort on First Day Back to School

Dakota Pitts really didn’t want to show up to school alone.

It was his first day back to class since his police officer dad was killed in the line of duty.

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

He’s unlikely to forget what he saw as he walked up to the school building Monday.

Some 70 police officers showed up, standing in support as he walked in — wearing a yellow backpack and his dad’s police badge around the neck.

The officers weren’t just from Terre Haute, where Dakota’s dad Rob Pitts was an officer.

They came from other departments as well.

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

“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,” Les Hamm, a detective with Terre Haute police department told CNN affiliate WTHI TV.

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SOURCE: CNN, Gianluca Mezzofiore