MOTHER: Street sign honoring fallen Edgecombe County Sheriff’s deputy removed just before the anniversary of his death

PINETOPS, N.C. (WITN) -The mother of a sheriff’s deputy in the east, who died in the line of duty nearly six years ago, is speaking out after she says a sign honoring her son was recently taken down.

It’s been nearly six years since the death of Dashina Manning’s son David, who tragically lost his life while trying to stop a suspected drunk driver as a deputy for the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office on the night of March 11, 2018.

Despite the heartache, Dashina says she was quickly given a reason to smile again after David was honored with his own street by his hometown of Pinetops.

“It was a day that I’ll never forget,” Manning said. “It was a day that homage was paid to him.”

Dashina says those feelings of gratitude and appreciation she felt that day for the town honoring her son, turned into disbelief Tuesday, when she drove onto the street and saw that his name was no longer on the sign.

“Panic, frustration, and a lot of different emotions hit all at one time,” Manning said. “I proceeded to then call the town because I felt like if anybody would know what was going on, it would be them.”

Dashina says the town told her that a public hearing to consider changing the street back to its original name, was held this past November as they say residents had the opportunity to speak in favor of or against the change.

WITN was told by a town spokesman that the vote passed to change it back to Southwest First Street, after one person got signatures from 75 percent of the property owners on the street in favor of changing it back and no one showed up in opposition of Deputy Manning’s Street.

The town didn’t specifically say why they wanted it changed, but Dashina says she heard it was related to complaints about mail delivery and that Google search couldn’t find the street.

Dashina says their family was never contacted about the change by the town, but the town says information about the public hearing could be found in several places.

Dashina says she feels like her son’s legacy was dishonored by the town, but says it’s okay because he represents more than that.

“If he was here I think he would say mom, I’m okay,” Manning said. “I think the work I did speaks for me; it doesn’t take a sign to say that.”

The town says Manning’s family or property owners on the street can always put together a petition to try and get the street name changed back, but Dashina says she’s moving on.