But he didn't go back to his IN elementary school by himself on Monday as 70 of his father's coworkers were there IN uniform to escort him.
The 5-year-old wore his father's police badge proudly and walked past the long line of officers.
The love and gratitude that people across the area have demonstrated toward Terre Haute police officer Rob Pitts was in evidence as his son returned to school for the first time since his father's death.
Pitts was among several officers who arrived at an apartment building two weeks ago where police had spotted 21-year-old Christopher A. Wolfe, who was suspected of fatally shooting 26-year-old Robert Olson at a Terre Haute home, according to authorities.More news: German outrage after football stars pose with Turkish President Erdogan
The SWAT Team also gave Dakota his own SWAT shirt and badge.
"He will definitely know his dad was a hero", Officer Pitts' sister Kelli Jones told WTHI-TV.
He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.
His dad Rob Pitts was a 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department, in the U.S. state of Indiana. "Blood doesn't always make family, and I think the blue family just went above and beyond".More news: Amanda Nunes Reacts To Raquel Pennington's Corner Failing To Save Her
"It's a brotherhood", said Detective Les Hamm. Wolfe was armed with a handgun and fired at the officers, striking Pitts. The suspect had been linked to an earlier homicide.
Dakota's father, Rob, was killed while on duty on May 4.
He is the first Terre Haute officer to die on duty since July 11, 2011.More news: Catalan separatists want to re-elect fugitive ex-leader
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