Son of Murdered Terre Haute Officer Gets Special Escort to School
Terre Haute, Indiana – Blue Lives Matter reported that five year old Dakota Pitts was apprehensive about going back to school Monday after his father, Terre Haute officer Rob Pitts, was killed in the line of duty. So he asked his mother if a police officer could take him to school because he didn’t want to go alone. He needn’t have worried…he definitely was not alone.
Seventy officers and some of their families showed up to greet him at the school, according to WNDU. They lined the sidewalk as he was coming in, as well as inside the school and applauded him as he entered.
The SWAT team gave him his very own t-shirt with his father’s #196 on it as he went inside. He was wearing his father’s badge around his neck that morning. It was a moment that the 5 year old will never forget. But it’s also a moment that is part and parcel for law enforcement across the nation: taking care of their own.
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
“It’s a brotherhood; it’s not like any other job you’re going to have. Guys are close, you form bonds that you wouldn’t form in a different profession. When somebody’s in need, we go, especially for a fallen officer and his kid.” Terre Haute Detective Les Hamm
We are sad to report that Patrolman Rob Pitts #196 was the Officer killed in yesterday’s incident.Officer Pitts was a 16 year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department.Rob is deeply missed, but we are grateful for the time we had with him.Thank you for your continued prayers.
— Officer Ryan Adamson (@THPDPIO) May 5, 2018
Officer Rob Pitts was killed at around 6:30 p.m. on May 4 as he and other officers were participating in a homicide investigation that had occurred earlier in the day. As they approached an apartment building, a gunman opened fire from the second floor and hit Officer Pitts. Even though he was rushed tot he hospital, he died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Police returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect barricaded himself in the apartment. When police finally entered the 2nd floor apartment through the use of a ladder at about 9:20 p.m., the suspect died from gunshot wounds received in the initial contact.
Words cannot express how grateful the Pitts family is for your support.The support from businesses, prayer vigils, social media messages and etc.They thank you from the bottom of their hearts and find comfort in all of you.Their hearts are broken, but they know they’re blessed.
— Officer Ryan Adamson (@THPDPIO) May 7, 2018