"One Day At A Time"

The wife of a fallen deputy in the East says the community is helping her cope with the tragic death of her husband. Katherine Pearson appeared on WITN News at Sunrise Wednesday.

"It's one day at a time still, and probably will be for the rest of my life. We're a very close family and very close community, and we're working together to get through this," Pearson said.

Allen Pearson was a detective with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office who responded to a gunman near Hugo. He was shot and killed in the early morning hours of April 8, 2009.

Pearson is one of many helping to honor the sacrifice her husband. Also appearing on Sunrise was Deputy Ryan Dawson with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office. He was shot in the neck during the same shootout that killed his partner. Dawson survived and has since returned to work at the sheriff's office.

Allen Pearson's family and friends have started a non-profit organization to honor his memory and support the community. Their first big fundraiser is something Dawson says Pearson would have loved: a softball tournament.

"Allen was very dedicated to our community. He was a t-ball coach, and he also played softball," Dawson said.

The Allen Pearson Foundation Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 at Bill Fay Park in Kinston.
The event will support the Allen Pearson Emergency Services Foundation Softball Tournament.

Dawson says they hoped for 12 teams but have been pleasantly surprised by the turnout. Currently, 18 teams are signed up to play softball. Most of them are from different law enforcement agencies and fire departments across Eastern Carolina.

The local chapter of the Bikers for Christ is also organizing a bike run on October 3 leaving from the ball fields.

The non-profit has set up a website, www.allenpearsonfoundation.org

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  • by LCSO Deputy Location: Kinston on Sep 30, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    Reality Check, evidently you have not lost a close friend like we have here at LCSO. Allen gave so much to our community before his death. Allen accomplished more in the 29 yrs of his life than most will accomplish at an elderly age. It should be obvious with everything that every body is doing to know how special he was and still is. I only hope that you can leave half the impression on you're friends and family as Allen did with his. His memory and name will be carried on regardless of the negative comments such as yours. DETECTIVE ALLEN PEARSON LC105!
  • by JWS Location: Goldsboro on Sep 30, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    The foundation, Reality Check, was created by family and friends to raise money for law enforcement, to purchase equipment (night vision goggles, vests, etc) that would help prevent another tragedy. Yes, a foundation to help people. Do you know what that means? Helping? It means that you don't leave nasty comments when a family and a community are grieving and working through this.
  • by Joyce Location: NC on Sep 30, 2009 at 04:21 PM
    Reality Check,if this were your child would you think it was to much,they should have ban this one,noone is interested in your cold hearted thiughts!!

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