Park Renamed For Fallen Deputy

A park in Lenoir County was renamed on Tuesday to honor the life of a law officer four months after losing his life in the line of duty.

The Neuseway Park in Kinston forever changed its name to Pearson Park.

29 balloons were released into the air to remember 29 year old Lenoir County Deputy, Allen Pearson Jr. who lost his life in the line of duty on April 8th, 2009.

Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation says it made a unanimous decision to rename the park in June.

Many people in Kinston attended the dedication ceremony, which pearson's wife, Katherine describes as extremely emotional.

Deputy Ryan Dawson, who suffered a near fatal gunshot wound the same night called the dedication a constant reminder of a hero's life.
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Neuseway Park in Kinston was renamed Pearson Park in honor of Lenoir County Detective Allen Pearson Tuesday.

Pearson was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 8. He was 29 years old. Pearson's partner, Ryan Dawson, was also shot. Fortunately, he has recovered and returned to work.

Lawmen said the gunman, Clarence Douglas Phillips, died at a nearby hospital after getting shot during the shootout.

The renaming ceremony was supposed to take place last Thursday evening, but was rescheduled for Tuesday because of bad weather last week.


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  • by Grattitude!!!! Location: Kinston on Aug 29, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    One thing about it Annoymous, Allen had something you never will have and it's called courage. He had the courage to step up to evil and challenge it in it's face. You don't even have enough courage to state you're name. And another thing, learn how to spell because it's not annoymous, it's ANONYMOUS!!!!!
  • by Even Still Annoymous on Aug 23, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    How much did this gala ceremony cost the taxpayers? Pray to your so-called "Lord" for that. And "Mom", don't pray for me, either.
  • by Grattitude!!!! Location: Kinston, NC on Aug 20, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    Thank you Lord for Allen, who made such a brave, honorable, and unselfish decision to step into the shadows and darkness of evil with your favor, to serve so many undeserving people like my self, so that we may live a better life. His sacrifice was great, but his rewards from you is even greater. Not only did Allen's decision and service make it a better place for me to live in, but a better place for all future generations. Allen is with you now almighty Lord, but his spirit and name contiues to live with us here on earth. So I now offer this thanks giving to you Lord, until that glorious day when I can personally thank Allen himself for his service...... Amen!
  • by Mom Location: Kinston on Aug 19, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    I am the Allen's mother and I thank each of you and your wonderful comments. People like Anonymous never knew love and friendship or they would have a better attitude. To Anonymous, I will pray for you and I know that my son is looking out for you too. The Park dedication was a wonderful tribute to my son but also a great tribute to all Emergency Services people. It takes a special person to do their jobs and I appreciate each and every one of them.
  • by Marie Location: g-ville on Aug 19, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    My thoughts and prayers are with Allen's wife and family. I knew Allen growing up. He was a wonderful outgoing person. There isn't a day that goes by I don't think of the brave sacrifice that Allen gave to all of us. He gave his LIFE for our safety. I am very proud of the respect people have given to Allen and his family. He is gone but never forgotten. Everyone is trying to deal with his/her grief in different ways. This park dedication is somewhere happy we can visit and listen to the laughter of children and remember Allen in a way that will lift our spirits. I thank Cecelia for working so hard to achieve this goal. To Allen's family: I know the Lord will continue to touch you and give you strength. Thank you for sharing Allen with the rest of us. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND!
  • by LawDawg Location: Eastern NC on Aug 19, 2009 at 03:58 AM
    This is a great thing to see. I applaud Kinston for doing something as meaningful as this.
  • by kinston Location: nc on Aug 18, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    We in Lenoir County are very proud of and thankful for our fallen HERO. Thoughts are still with his family and the family of Mr. Dawson. We appreciate all you do for us! We will never forget the sacrifices that you or your family have made to keep us safe.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 13, 2009 at 07:32 PM
    Folks why bother to respond to anonymous when he/she has shown they have no respect for them selves or anyone else, just trash on the street. Where's the broom?
  • by kent Location: kinston on Aug 13, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    lets not forget about Ryan Dawson thank you. you are also a hero
  • by rip allen Location: kinston on Aug 13, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    annoymous that was really a dumb thing to post his family will never get over this and its people like you that makes me sick
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