It’s heartbreaking and tragic when a police officer dies in the line of duty. They’re doing their job, protecting us from harm, facing danger willingly and without hesitation so the rest of us might remain safe.

These men and women in blue have families too, some with small kids. I can’t imagine how scary and confusing it must be to lose a parent in uniform for a child of any age. What about the littlest ones? They need all the love and help the community can provide to overcome such a monumental loss.

Thankfully for 5-year-old Dakota Pitts of Indiana, he won’t ever be dealing with the loss of his father, Rob Pitts alone. Rob’s brothers and sisters in blue will always have his back.

Rob Pitts was killed two weeks ago while on the job. When it was time for Dakota to return to Sullivan Elementary School, he asked his mom if one of his dad’s friends could take him. Dakota’s mother contacted Rob’s fellow officers and friends. The little boy received a welcome worthy of a soldier when he returned to school.

This photo of Officer Rob Pitts was just released by the Terre Haute Police Department.Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the entire department

Posted by WRTV on Saturday, May 5, 2018

70 off-duty police officers from the Terre Haute Police Department and the Vigo County Sheriff’s department were there to support Dakota when he arrived. They always want him to know they have his back. Watch this endearing, beautiful video below to see for yourself just how incredibly supportive these officers are and how appreciative Dakota is of their kindness.

Police officers escort boy to first day back to school after his dad died

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.

Posted by ABC News on Monday, May 14, 2018