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

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

More than 70 police officers and SWAT members have escorted five-year-old Dakota Pitts to school after his father died in the line of duty in the USA state of Indiana.

IN youngster Dakota Pitts was welcomed to school with a tribute from some of his father's colleagues.

He was tragically killed on May 4 in a shootout at an apartment complex where an armed murder suspect was barricaded inside.

Some 70 police officers showed up, standing in support as he walked in - wearing a yellow backpack and his dad's police badge around the neck.

His dad Rob Pitts was a 16-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department, in the U.S. state of Indiana.

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

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When he arrived at his school in Sullivan he was greeted by 70 Terre Haute police officers and Vigo County sheriff's deputies.

Kelli Jones, Officer Pitts' sister, told WHTI-TV: "He will definitely know that his dad was a hero".

"Blood doesn't always make family and I think the blue family went above and beyond".

He leaves behind son Dakota and another son and daughter.

The 16-year police vet was fatally shot by a 21-year-old suspect while responding to a call last week.

"It's a brotherhood", Detective Les Hamm, Terre Haute Police said.