Law enforcement officers lose their lives in an active line of duty. There's nothing as heartbreaking as learning the death of an officer on duty
Law enforcement officers are constantly putting their lives at risk to protect our lives. They don't think twice before laying their lives for the public that they serve. Some of them lose their lives in an active line of duty. There's nothing as heartbreaking as learning the death of an officer while on duty.
Officer Rob Pitts lost his life while on the line of duty. The brave police officer was shot and killed while responding to a call. The Terre Haute and Sullivan police officer from Indiana was fatally shot by a 21-year-old suspect he was in pursuit of.
The loss rocked the entire community who openly mourned the fallen officer.
Terre Haute Police Department officers and members of other law enforcement agencies render a hand salute as the casket that contains the remains of the late THPD Officer Rob Pitts is moved inside the Hulman Center on Tuesday by the THPD Honor Guard. pic.twitter.com/g1ZrXq0ooT— Joe Garza (@TribStarJoe) May 8, 2018
Officer Rob Pitts' death sent a tremor through the community, who pulled together to pay their respects to the braveheart.
The Terre Haute Police Department Vigil Guard stands on each side of the casket of the late THPD Officer Rob Pitts on Wednesday in Hulman Center. pic.twitter.com/0NRLcTVVxN— Joe Garza (@TribStarJoe) May 9, 2018
Thousands of law enforcement officers wait in line to enter Hulman Center for the funeral for the late Terre Haute Police Department Officer Rob Pitts. pic.twitter.com/M8VvYjmKfF— Joe Garza (@TribStarJoe) May 9, 2018
Rob Pitts' family was openly mourning the loss of a good man. One person who felt the loss a lot more was little Dakota Pitts. According to sources, the little boy found it hard to cope with the loss of his dad. When he was set to return to school on Monday, the 5-year-old told his mom if it was okay if one of his dad's friends could drop him off at school.
"Dear Dad, I love you and I miss you so much." fallen officer's five-year-old son, Dakota Pitts, shares message to his dad, Fallen Officer Rob Pitts. https://t.co/UZQgXQkhis #LIVEPD #LIVEPDNATION #Prayers #LODD #RIP @SadiaBaxter pic.twitter.com/NP4Q0RQNoy— Blue Alert (@BlueAlertUs) May 9, 2018
Dakota's mom reached out to the department to ask if anyone could drop off the little boy to school. Little did he expect this show of support.
Around 70 officers showed up to Sullivan Elementary to see off the little boy whose heart was hurting for his dad. The Indiana police forces banded together to show Dakota that he had a family in each and every one of them.
SEA OF BLUE: 70 police officers escorted 5 year old Dakota Pitts to his first day back to school after his dad, Rob, a 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department, was killed in the line of duty. https://t.co/bvs5mbRYcb pic.twitter.com/3PDIc1V5mu— ABC News (@ABC) May 15, 2018
A lot of police officers offered the little boy words of comfort. They even showered him with gifts and encouraging words to show Dakota that he had a family in the Terre Haute Police Department if he was ever in need of a little support and courage.
More than 70 police officers from Indiana offered to escort Dakota to school, following his dad's death. They were a mix of officers from Terre Haute as well as Vigo County.
Like all of his fellow officers, THPD Patrolman Kurt Brinegar wears the number of fallen THPD officer Rob Pitts across his badge with a white carnation. pic.twitter.com/yNFyjXv1II— Joe Garza (@TribStarJoe) May 9, 2018
Dakota was accompanied by his late father's sister, who said that the whole experience sent chills down her spine. Speaking to a local news station, the late officer's sister said that she was deeply moved by the gesture. "He will definitely know his dad was a hero. Blood doesn't always make a family. And I think the blue family went above and beyond," Jones said, according to WTHI.
Officer Rob Pitts' son, Dakota, went to school today for his first day back since his dad lost his life in the line of duty. There were 70 police officers on hand to welcome him back. See the video here. https://t.co/iAMCgkaejG pic.twitter.com/hS6fOusWQ9— WTHI News10 (@WTHITV) May 14, 2018
Dakota arrived at his school proudly wearing his dad's badge around his neck. He was n a state of shock when he was greeted by a sea of blue. Dakota was also presented with a SWAT team T-shirt, which made him more a part of the fold.
Indiana Police Officer Rob Pitts, was shot dead in the line of duty.— Navniet Sekera (@navsekera) May 16, 2018
His son Dakota asked his mom if one of his dad’s friends could drive him to school for his first day back. 70 County officers showed up to his surprise! Wow! Such a beautiful gesture by team. #Respect #Police pic.twitter.com/4IYKPfVqlA
It tugs at our heartstrings when we hear such heartbreaking news, especially if it's about someone's passing. But when the community bands together like this to show their support, it gives us hope that we're going to be fine, thanks to the people around us. Our hearts go out to the Pitts family, and we sincerely hope that they find the love and guidance they seek in their time of need.
Dakota, son of fallen police officer Rob Pitts came back to school for the first time today after losing his father— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 15, 2018
"70" members of his family in blue drove to his school this morning to let him know they have his back -- for the rest of his life@biannagolodryga reports pic.twitter.com/YkNG8rByB5