From http://www.wcnc.com, March 15, 2014
The father-in-law of the slain US Forest Officer killed in the line of duty Wednesday, March 12, 2014, is thanking the community for the overwhelming outpouring of support.
Law enforcement officers were seen Thursday visiting the Funeral home in Marion, as family members prepare to say their final farewells.
Michael Dicks told NBC Charlotte that his daughter spent part the day gathering photos and dealing with her grief.
“She kept saying, what am I going to do, I lost my best friend.”
Dicks spoke of Jason Crisp‘s love for the outdoors, and commitment to public service.
He says Crip’s closest friend called him Wednesday, when he was unable to get a hold of him.
“I called my daughter and I said, Amanda where is Jason? She said he is in Burke County on a manhunt.”
“She said, I will make some phone calls and when I finally got got back in touch with her, she was all in pieces and said it was him.”
Dicks is now trying to remain strong to support his the family during these tough times.
He is concerned about his two grandsons, who looked up to their father.
“He had goals, and he instilled in that in his young ones. He has be there for them… but I don’t know what is going to happen now.”
As the family mourns over his death, a community did their part in honoring Officer Crisp.
Nearly 20,000 people offered words of encouragement and their support online through a Facebook memorial page created in his honor.
Dick says, the couple was “meant to be together,” and following his daughter’s side breast cancer diagnosis, Crisp expressed similar sentiments.
“When she was sick, he told me he didn’t know what he would do, if something happened to her.”
Crisp, he says, valued spending time with his family, and spoke of the time his K-9 companion, “Marcos” was injured on the job.
He said “Marcos” was like a member of the family.
Dicks says he always knew Crisp was a stand-out family man and officer and comforted when hearing others felt the same way.
“He had so much promise, they had such a future together, they got some land, they were going to build a house, my daughter was on the road to recovery and they were happy, then all of a sudden this had to happen.”