Fallen U.S. Forest Service Officer to be Buried with K-9 Partner

From http://www.wcnc.com, March 14, 2014

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. – A U.S. Forest Service officer will be buried alongside his K-9 partner after both were shot and killed during a manhunt this week.

Jason Crisp’s family scheduled the visitation for Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at West Court Baptist Church on West Court Street in Marion.

The funeral has been scheduled for Monday, March 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the McDowell High School gymnasium.

Crisp and his tracking dog, Maros, were both ambushed as they searched for Troy Whisnant.

Whisnant, 38, had earlier shot and killed his own parents.

Investigators say after killing Crisp and the dog, Whisnant fired at three other officers who returned fire killing him.

Friday afternoon, dozens of police cars, with their lights on, escorted the remains of  Maros to the same funeral home that is making arrangements for the Crisp family.

The dog is being afforded the same honors as the fallen officer. After cremation, the remains will go in the same casket as Crisp.

Around town, all the flags are flying at half-mast.

Joann Hudson, a friend of the Crisp family says Jason was first and foremost devoted to his family.

“He was one of those people who never met a stranger. He was just kind to everybody. It was just such a shock that it happened.  It was awful,” she said.

Other friends like Brenda Hall said there is a feeling of sadness, but people are also grateful and will never forget the sacrifice made by Crisp.

“There is a lot of pride too because of what he did and just knowing that he cared that much,” she said.

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