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