Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Boy returns to school after dad's death, 70 cops escort him

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
Lisa Bryan | 15 May, 2018, 22:32

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

Dakota arrived to school to find 70 Terre Haute police officers and sheriff's deputies waiting for him.

No less than 70 policemen escorted a 5-year-old in boy to school on his first day back after his father, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty.

Detective Les Hamm said it was the least officers could do for their former colleague Rob Pitts, who was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a murder suspect on May 4 in Terre Haute.

He waves to someone off camera before he is presented with a shirt and badge from another Terre Haute police officer.

"He will definitely know his dad was a hero", Pitts' sister, Kelli Jones, told WTHI-TV. He and other officers approached Christopher Wolfe, 21, who died of a gunshot wound after barricading himself inside an apartment.


He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

He was 45 years old.

The suspect was also killed in the shootout.

If you would like to help THPD's fundraiser, you can purchase a bracelet at the Terre Haute Police Department's records room.

"The sorrow @FLJanetHolcomb & I feel for the family of Patrolman Rob Pitts, the Terre Haute Police Department & the Wabash Valley region is beyond words". Especially for a fallen officer and his kid.

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