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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