by: Dave Faherty Updated:MORGANTON, N.C. —
An officer and his K9 partner -- shot and killed in the line of duty -- were honored Friday morning in Morganton.
Five months ago U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp was ambushed during a manhunt for a double murder suspect.
In front of the courthouse is a memorial to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Burke County. On Friday, Officer Crisp and his K9 partner Maros were added to the memorial.
Much of Crisp’s family was in attendance as the memorial was unveiled Friday morning, including his widow and 7-year-old son.
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"It means so much to us and what Jason stands for and who he was. Like I said before, Jason was a hero everyday he came home," said his widow Amanda Crisp.
In March, Crisp and Maros were involved in a manhunt north of Morganton for Troy Whisnant when deputies say Whisnant ambushed them in the woods before taking his own life.
Law enforcement officers from across the foothills gathered in Morganton Friday morning to remember and honor Officer Crisp.
"Gives us an opportunity to look back and reflect on and remember their lives and how they led them and the service above self that they exemplified," said McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene.
Amanda spoke to Channel 9 about how the couple’s two sons are doing and the importance of honoring officers killed in the line of duty.
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"Each one of them is very hard to go to. But it also means so much to us and for what Jason stands for and who he was. Jason was a hero every day he came home to the boys and I," she said.
Amanda said the couple’s two sons are doing well, staying busy at their home where they are building a barn.
Officer Crisp will be honored again later this year when the Forest Service Office in Nebo is named after him.