Law enforcement officers from Pitt County remembered fallen officers Tuesday during Law Enforcement Memorial Service Day.
Officers and Pitt County Sheriff Deputies gathered inside the Bethel Fire Department to remember the 11 law enforcement members who died in the line duty since 1899. Eleven red roses were placed in a white wreath for those fallen heroes.
The guest speaker at the service was Lenoir County Detective Ryan Dawson, who spoke about being shot in the line of duty in 2009 and losing his partner, Detective Allen Pearson. Dawson says while he thinks about if there could have been more he could have done to protect Pearson, he says he now tells his story so the community understands what they go through everyday. "We're still out here each day. Just because you hear about an officer getting killed, we put our lives on the line and it's a very dangerous situation and the way to remember the ones that have fallen is telling their stories, so people don't forget the selfless sacrifice of serving their community."
Last year, Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Jon Michael Willis died while responding to a domestic situation.