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More than 70 police officers escorted five-year-old Dakota Pitts on his first day back to school after his dad was killed in the line of duty.

Touching video shows the young boy walking to the doors of his school, wearing his dad’s badge around his neck, surrounded by dozens of officers standing in solidarity for the brave little boy, shares Yahoo 7.

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

He was one of four officers who were fired upon in an exchange of gunfire between police and a homicide suspect on May 4, the Terre Haute Police Department said.

Dakota had asked his mother if one of his dad’s friends could drive him to school on Monday, for his first day back following the tragedy.

When he arrived, the schoolboy was met with around 70 police officers who turned out to support him.

The SWAT Team even presented Dakota with his own SWAT shirt and badge.

“He will definitely know his dad was a hero,” Officer Pitts’ sister Kelli Jones told WTHI-TV. “Blood doesn’t always make family and I think the blue family went above and beyond.”

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  • A nice gesture. But let’s not forget this boy has lost his dad for the rest of his life, so much more then just a single day, single feature

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  • I remember this case. A sweet gesture to remember his dad and what he did for the country.

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  • Poor little guy. So nice to see them rallying in support for him. Pity we don’t see more of this kindness!

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  • How amazing is this.. I’m sure it made the little boy’s day.

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  • I can imagine this massive amount attention on his first day back to school, would be very emotional and hard to deal with. Of course their intention is right and comes from their heart.

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  • So touching we need more of this kindness and solidarity in the world.

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  • It must ave been a difficult day, even with support like this.

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  • That was sweet. Poor little guy.

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  • Very emotional And touching moment

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