Fallen officer's family and friends complete unfinished project


WEST MARION COUNTY - Family and friends of fallen U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp turned out to renovate a home for his wife and sons.

Crisp was shot and killed in the hunt for murder suspect Troy Whisnant last Wednesday.

Officer Crisp was working on a home at a farm he had just purchased. The property is located in West Marion County and has a view of the mountains. He was finishing up work on a mobile home where his family would stay while they built their home nearby.

About 30 people who knew Crisp, and deputies from McDowell County, helped complete the project. They worked on roofing and plumbing to get the mobile home ready for Crisp’s widow, Amanda, and their two sons.

Jason’s brother-in-law said the turnout is a tribute to the U.S. Forest Ranger, and what the ranger did for others.

“I never really knew the extent of what kind of man he was until [it] happened, unfortunately, I knew he was a good man, but since this happened and the last few days, there's been so many people [who have] come up and tell stories of how he's helped them, he would help people at church, he would help people if they needed him in any situation whatsoever,” said Rick Hensley.

Deputies say that was how he chose to live his life, and how he chose to sacrifice it.

Crisp was working on the plumbing last Wednesday when he got the call to open a gate on forest service land. He arrived with his search and rescue dog, Maros, and began looking for the suspect. According to authorities he was ambushed by Whisnant and lost his life.

Volunteers on Saturday said they appreciated the good weather so they could get as much work done as possible to complete the project in two weeks.