The tragic reason for boy's guard of honour on way to school

5-year-old son of fallen Terre Haute officer shares message for his dad

70 Indiana police officers escort son of fallen officer for first day back to school

The five-year-old son of an IN police officer who was killed IN the line of duty was accompanied on his first day back to school by more than 50 officers on Monday.

Officers said they want Dakota to know they'll always be there to support him.

Pitts was killed in shootout with a suspect.

Keeping vigil by his dad's police auto is comforting to 5-year-old Dakota Pitts.

Rob Pitts was one of four officers who were fired on as they approached an apartment building on May 4. CBS affiliate WTHI reports that Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad's friends could drive him to school.

Dakota Pitts, the five-year-old son of IN police officer Rob Pitts, who was shot and killed by a homicide suspect, receives a guard of honour on his first day back to school following the tragedy.

Several of the officers came forward and presented Dakota with small tokens such as a T-shirt and a police patch.

The 16-year police vet was fatally shot by a 21-year-old suspect while responding to a call last week. "Blood doesn't always make family, and I think the blue family just went above and beyond, ' said Kelli Jones, Officer Pitts" sister, told WHTI-TV.

Pitts also leaves behind another son and daughter.

It is another tragic loss for the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Police Department, ' Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police said.

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