It has been a little over two weeks since Dakota Pitts’s father died in the line of duty, and earlier this week, he returned to school for the first time since the incident.

Thankfully, the 5-year-old boy didn’t have to go alone.

Since Dakota’s father was a police officer at the Terre Haute Police Department in Indiana, the youngster asked his mother if one of his dad’s friends could escort him to school.

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When local law enforcement heard about Dakota’s request, they were more than happy to oblige.

So when Dakota finally returned to school on Monday, there were 70 police officers, SWAT members, and deputies there to welcome him and reassure him that they had his back.

“He will definitely know his dad was a hero,” Dakota’s aunt told WTHI. “Blood doesn’t always make family and I think the blue family went above and beyond.”

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