Basic Law Enforcement Training Members Shift Focus To Grieving

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

An instructor for basic law enforcement training in Lenoir County found himself teaching his students how to grieve.

Slain Detective Allen Pearson with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office was the class physical fitness instructor.

A training squad car flashed bluelights in front of Lenoir Community College with a black ribbon tied to the grill.

Students decided to meet Wednesday despite the news of Pearson's death to talk about the reality of dying in the line of duty.

Class instructor Bob Underhill says many of his students have been hit hard by Pearson's death and the wounding of detective Ryan Dawson.

Instructor Bob Underhill says Pearson was an inspiration to many of his students and that he had matured greatly as an officer over his last few years of service.


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  • by Lil Man Location: Greene County on Apr 10, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    Rob: I bet you wouldn't think he was just doing his job if he were protecting you or your familey. And if your house was on fire with a kid in it and a fireman ran in to save them you.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Apr 9, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    Since 9/11, the word "hero" has become related to any member of law enforcement, a fire fighter, or anyone serving in the armed forces. It has become the most overused term in the current American lexicon. These people are simply doing their job. Now, naturally, the neoconservative community embracing America's two biggest theatrical props, the flag and the bible, will be up in arms if we don't bow, mourn, and naturally pray. Lenoir County got a grim dose of reality on Tuesday evening. Welcome to the real world.
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