An instructor for basic law enforcement training in Lenoir County found himself teaching his students how to grieve.
Slain Detective Allen Pearson with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office was the class physical fitness instructor.
A training squad car flashed bluelights in front of Lenoir Community College with a black ribbon tied to the grill.
Students decided to meet Wednesday despite the news of Pearson's death to talk about the reality of dying in the line of duty.
Class instructor Bob Underhill says many of his students have been hit hard by Pearson's death and the wounding of detective Ryan Dawson.
Instructor Bob Underhill says Pearson was an inspiration to many of his students and that he had matured greatly as an officer over his last few years of service.