Remembering Deputy Allen Pearson One Year After His Untimely Death

It was a year ago Thursday that Lenoir County Detective Allen Pearson was killed in the line of duty.

We spoke with his wife and his partner Detective Ryan Dawson about life one year later.

It was a day many of us and those in the law enforcement community remember, but it has been a year that Katherine Pearson and Ryan Dawson will never forget.

The pair visited with us at the Pearson Park in Kinston Wednesday morning.

He was killed in the line of duty last April by a gunman in the Tick Bite community near Grifton.

His wife Katherine told us that she lives every day for her husband.

Allen Pearson has received countless honors including Pearson Park being named after him and the US honor flag flying in Raleigh for a day last April.

Pearson's partner Ryan Dawson says it's hard not to picture him there on every call.

Both talked about the Allen Pearson Emergency Services Foundation which will hold a golf tournament this weekend and their second annual softball tournament in October.

The foundation helps raise money for equipment sought by first responders and law enforcement.


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  • by fcc on Apr 13, 2010 at 02:15 AM
    karma is a u know what voice
  • by The Voice on Apr 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    Susie and Big Al (once again), if you don't the comments, don't read them.
  • by Big Al Location: Greene Co on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    To Mrs. Susie, I knew Allen a little he was a great guy and a funny man. He walked tall. I am outraged by what was said here too by a few people who have no respect or sympathy or morals. My thing is I will hope and pray that you all will have better days and remember the good times . Allen was a true HERO! I hope Ricky is doing ok. I see him at the courthouse every now and then. It is hard not seeing Allen there.Take care and God bless you all!
  • by Susie Location: Deep Run on Apr 9, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    I AM THE WIFE OF ALLEN PEARSON'S FATHER. THE FAMILY HAS REACHED THE ONE YEAR MARK OF ALLEN'S DEATH. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE ALL THE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OVER THE LAST YEAR. I HAVE NEVER MADE A COMMENT ON ANY KIND OF ARTICLE, BUT I FELT LED TO WRITE AFTER READING A FEW COMMENTS. PLEASE STOP THE NEGATIVE RESPONSES TO EACH OTHER AND LET THE FAMILY REST. IT HURTS TO SEE PEOPLE RESPONDING THIS WAY. YES, THERE IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN AMERICA, BUT SOMETIMES IT CAN HURT OTHERS. ALLEN DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED AND LET'S LEAVE IT AT DIED AND LET'S GIVE HIS PARENTS, WIFE AND SISTER SOME CLOSURE. THANK YOU!!
  • by The Voice on Apr 9, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    Okay, here is my take. I have a problem with law enforcement, EMS, firefighters, and the military with their machismo and testosterone saturated egos. Believe me, there are a lot of them like that. A majority of these "heroes" actually believe that they are superior to everyone else due to a uniform or a piece of metal called a badge. You have to remember that Pearson was a good ol' boy in Lenoir County. Any negative comment, or a comment taken out of context(which happens 99% of the time when it comes to these rednecks)causes these flag waving hypocrites to go ape. Pearson, like any other law enforcement person, knew the risks of the profession. I don't place anyone like that on a pedistal, as we are expected to do in this state. It is tragic when it happens, but is a chance these folks take. Lord knows I have been cut down on this page for comments I've made, and there will be someone who will go berserk when they read this one. But, that's the chance I take.
  • by deputy Location: nc on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:54 AM
    to okay nobady really cares what you have done. allen was a great guy who deserves to have his name remebered and waht he done he didn't ask for this to happen he was doing his job to protect people like you. he should be remebered everyday in which i know he is.
  • by Okay on Apr 8, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    OK you guys, get off your soap box! I worked in emergency services for 30 years. We don't go into a situation unless it has been secured. Yes, if it was my family I would say the same thing,"let them rest." I did think before I "spoke" Good Job, if you read more than my first sentence, you would see I still offer my condolences. As for Chris, "Blaah!" And THE VOICE, thanks........
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Apr 8, 2010 at 06:48 PM
    Alright WITN moderator. I asked a legitimate question that did not violate ANT RULES. Now why was it not posted. I really would like to know if its not TOO much to ask!
  • by The Voice on Apr 8, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    Well put, Okay. Very well put at that.
  • by Good Job Location: New Bern on Apr 8, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    To Okay: If it were a family member of yours would you say the same thing. My husband is a paramedic and they sacrafice alot because when they get a call they never know what they will have to face. Please think before you speak or just leave your comments out. Thanks Allen for your sacrafice and may the family find peace in comfort in the years to come.
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