Slain NC officer, K9 partner honored at ceremony

MORGANTON, N.C. — A North Carolina officer and his K9 partner — shot and killed in the line of duty — were honored Friday morning in Morganton.

U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K9 partner Maros (WSOC-TV)

U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K9 partner Maros (WSOC-TV)

WSOC-TV reported that U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp was ambushed five months ago 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.

“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, according to WSOC-TV.

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.

The Forest Service said Maros was cremated and was to be buried with his partner.

Read full story: WSOC-TV


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