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U.S. Forest Service mourns the loss of law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty

USFSThe U.S. Forest Service today is mourning the loss of Jason Crisp, a 38-year-old law enforcement officer on the Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest. Crisp is survived by his wife and two children.

“This is a tragic loss for our Forest Service family,” said Special Agent in Charge Steve Ruppert. “Our thoughts are with Jason’s wife and their two sons. Words cannot express our sadness.”

Crisp and his K-9 partner Maros were killed in the line of duty yesterday in Burke County, N.C. Crisp, who began his career on the Grandfather Ranger District as a timber marker, graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in 2005.

“Jason took great pride in his work on the Grandfather,” said Southern Regional Forester Liz Agpaoa. “He was a very kind and understanding man who could light up a room with his sense of humor. He will be missed by all who knew him and had the fortune to work with him.”

The details surrounding Crisp’s death are still under investigation.

“Our local and federal law enforcement partners are working with us to find out exactly what happened to Jason and Maros,” said Ruppert. “We can’t thank them enough for their efforts.”

Funeral arrangements for Crisp have not yet been finalized.

WLOS-TV has more on this incident at

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