Fundraiser for Crisp family at Hickory restaurant

Fallen U.S. Forest Service officer Jason Crisp, End of Watch March 12, 2014

A Hickory woman is teaming up with Texas Roadhouse to raise money for the family of fallen U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer, Jason Crisp.

Carla Williams decided she wanted to help the Crisp family after hearing about his tragic death in the line of duty back in March. She reached out to Texas Roadhouse telling them that the death of Crisp and his K9, Maros, really hit home since she is also the wife of a K9 officer in Hickory.

“The reason I decided to help the Crisp family, even though I have never met them, I felt a bond because we are a part of the “thin blue line” family. I am a wife to a police K9 handler like Amanda, whose husband puts his life on the line on every shift to protect and serve,” Williams told The McDowell News.

She said wives and husbands of police officers have a special bond and stick together whether they know each other personally or not.

“We never know if the kiss goodbye is the last one we will get. The bond a K9 handler and his or her partner share is a bond like no other,” said Williams, “Amanda and her boys have a long road ahead of them, and I hope that the fundraiser is a success, and can give them assurance that we as law enforcement family stick together.”

The fundraiser event for the Crisp family will be held at Texas Roadhouse in Hickory located at 1020 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. on Thursday, May 8 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Diners who attend must present an invitation flyer to their server, and 10 percent of all food sales will go to the Crisp family.

The invitation flyer also works for to-go orders and the purchase of gift cards. To get a flyer for the event, stop by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, or contact Richelle Bailey, at 652-2235 for more information.