March 14, 2014

Jason Crisp - United States Forest Service - North Carolina

Jason Crisp and K-9, Maros
Officer Jason Crisp, age 38, died in the line of duty, on March 12, 2014, in Burke County, North Carolina.

Jason was a member of the United States Forest Service. He patrolled Pisgah National Forest. He also frequently helped out sheriff’s deputies in surrounding counties. He had 10 years of service.

Officer Crisp was participating in a manhunt for Troy Whisnant, age 38, who was suspected in the murder of Whisnant's father and stepmother. He had previously served one year in prison for a manslaughter he committed in 1997 and recently had been in prison for 11 months for receiving stolen property.

The subject was located in a heavily wooded, mountainous area near Morganton. He fired upon the officers and Officer Crisp was fatally wounded. As was his canine partner, Maros.

The gunman then stole Officer Crisp's service weapon and extra magazines before fleeing further into the woods. He was located by other officers a short time later and was shot and killed when he opened fire on them.

Jason spent the majority of his career in law enforcement. He joined the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office part time in February 1997 and was hired for a full-time position in 1998. He spent the next six years there before leaving to join the U.S. Forest Service. He remained a reserve deputy in McDowell County.

Jason started at the U.S. Forest Service as a timber marker before graduating from the
Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of Law Enforcement,
pray for Jason and for those
who have lost him
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in 2005.

The Forestry Service is in mourning over the death of their brother. Forestry officials describe Jason as always willing to do what he could to help people in need.

Other Law Enforcement comrades describe Jason as passionate about protecting and serving in a place where he grew up and a place where his kids were now growing up.

Friends describe Jason as a devout Christian who loved his family. He was friendly and helpful to others.

Jason is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents, James and Sharon Crisp; and his wife and two sons.

Thank you for your service to the public, Jason.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life. 

Pray that Jason is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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