Those who responded to a tragic standoff that cost the life of Lenoir County detective Allen Pearson were honored Friday.
It was a bittersweet morning for officers on hand. Sheriff Billy Smith said the tragic death of Pearson is a reminder of the sacrifice men and women make every day to secure the public's safety. He says officers on the scene that day may have prevented further loss of life.
Several law enforcement personnel, including all officers on the county's Special Response Team, received awards.
Detective Pearson's partner, Ryan Dawson, who was wounded during standoff, also received a Purple Heart. Pearson received one posthumously.