Two weeks after Terre Haute police officer Rob Pitts was slain in the line of duty, his 5-year-old son returned to school Monday morning and received a surprise greeting from 70 of his father’s coworkers.
Police officer Rob Pitts, who had served as a policeman for 16 years, was shot and killed in a shoot-out with a possible homicide suspect at an apartment complex in Indiana, Fox News reports. (RELATED: Trump Calls For Death Penalty For Cop Killers)
Following his death, Pitts’ 5-year-old son, Dakota spent most of his time sitting by his dads police cruiser, Fox 59 reports. A memorial was displayed on the car outside of the family’s house.
After a two-week absence from school, Dakota requested some of his father’s friends take him to school in his dad’s police cruiser, as the car is a symbolic connection to is late dad, WTHI reports. (RELATED: President Trump Slams ‘Anti-Police Prejudice’)
The officers encouraged him on as he exited the cruiser and walked down the sidewalk towards his school building.
Once he arrived at the end of the long line, one officer presented him with a t-shirt.
“All the guys on SWAT have one, and now you have one too” the officer said as he handed Dakota the shirt.
All of the officers in attendance gave Dakota a round of applause as he concluded his walk and entered the school building