Five years ago, a dedicated husband, father, brother, son and law enforcement officer from McDowell County sacrificed his life for the safety of others.
“We at the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, as well as other law enforcement and emergency services workers across the county, state and nation, will never forget March 12, 2014, the afternoon that U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Jason Crisp, along with his faithful companion, K-9 Maros, were fatally gunned down during a manhunt for a double murder suspect in Burke County,” a news release from the Sheriff’s Office said.
Jason was a full-time deputy with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office from June 1998 to March 2004. He served as a reserve deputy from 2004 until the day he died.
This year, because it marks the fifth anniversary of Jason’s death, his widow, Amanda; sons, Garett and Logan; and mother, Elaine Tangeman delivered handmade memorial cookies to the agencies involved in the manhunt that day and those that were instrumental in the planning of the funeral in the following days: McDowell Sheriff’s Office, Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Morganton Department of Public Safety, Western Piedmont Community College’s and McDowell Technical Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training programs, Marion Police Department, U.S. Forest Service and N.C. Highway Patrol.
“It’s been a hard day, but a good day,” Amanda told deputies at the McDowell Sheriff’s Office. “I just want to thank each of you for what you did for us that day and the days that followed. You have been good to help us and to keep Jason’s memory alive.”
McDowell Sheriff Ricky Buchanan stated, “This is a day we will always remember. Lots of lives were changed forever. For me, I think about the good times and laughter with my friend. It’s also a reminder that this job, this calling, is who we are. We are dedicated to serving our community seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Jason definitely did that.”
As it does yearly, the McDowell 911 communications center led the county in a moment of silence at 2:38 p.m., the official time that Jason and Maros died.