TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WCIA) — It’s the beginning of a sad good-bye to veteran Terre Haute Police Officer Rob Pitts, as family, friends, law enforcement and community members all paid their respects at his visitation.
The ceremony was held Tuesday at the Hulman Center in Downtown Terre Haute, it lasted from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and had a very large turnout.
At the start of the ceremony, family, friends and members of law enforcement agencies from all over the state attended a private visitation. A memorial was set up in honor of Officer Pitts, which consisted of his uniform, pictures and flowers.
The private ceremony was held from 11 to 2 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. the public was available to stop by and pay their respects.
A short ceremony was held at around 2 p.m., with a few motorcycle clubs in attendance. One club in particular, the Indiana Blue Knights, has members who are current or former law enforcement officers.
They know the sacrifice Officer Pitts made, and says in times of tragedy the brotherhood of blue always looks out for their own.
“That brotherhood is made of up of other people with the same mindset. Um, they are willing to die for strangers, they are ready to give their life and give the ultimate sacrifice for peace,” said Brent Spier of the Indiana Blue Knights.
The public visitation wrapped up at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.
The family was offered as much private time after the visitation ended.
A vigil guard is on site 24 hours a day, standing beside Officer Pitts at all time. That will continue over night until he is taken to his final resting place.
Our crews talked to a few officers at the visitation who knew Officer Pitts, they described him as a perfect example of what a police officer should be. He was always willing to put someone first whether they were a community member of fellow brother in blue.