10-42: Officer Rob Pitts receives his final call

At the end of each shift, police officers get a final call to show they are off duty.

Posted: May. 9, 2018 5:33 PM
Updated: May. 9, 2018 6:35 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - At the end of each shift, police officers get a final call to show they are off duty.

On Wednesday, Officer Rob Pitts had his final call.

Transcript from the final call, ready by dispatcher Vickie Oster

"On May 4th, 2018 Terre Haute Police Officer Robert S. Pitts answered his final call. While investigating a homicide, Officer Pitts was shot and killed by the suspect. There's no greater love than a man that would lay down his life for another. Terre Haute Police Department Officer Robert S. Pitts, (badge number) 196 is 10-42. He has gone home for the final time.

That call marked his end of watch.

Many people say the 10-42 can be the most heartbreaking moment of a police memorial service.

It honors an officer who has performed his duty and can rest.

The community was in mourning, lining the street outside of the Terre Haute Police Department Headquarters when the call was dispatched over the police radio. 

When Officer Pitts' funeral coach made a stop at the police station, the emotional last call came from veteran dispatcher Vickie Oster. 

Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse requested Oster for the call.

With that last call, Officer Rob Pitts, Badge Number 196, can rest.

To learn more about the history and usage of the 10-42 call, click here. 

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