Charlotte, N.C.–Flags were lowered to half staff across Marion and McDowell County as this tight knit community mourns the loss of Jason Crisp. “I just can’t believe it happened, you know?” said Marion Resident Rebecca Ricketts.
The U.S. Forest Service Officer was a 10-year veteran of the agency that served the area where he grew up. Residents of Officer Crisp’s old neighborhood here on Ridgewood Drive have put up an American flag and a sign that says “Honor and Remember”. None of them wanted to talk on camera, but off camera they told WCCB that Officer Crisp’s wife just recently survived a battle with cancer. Just this weekend, they say, they were planning to move into a new home.
The life of the husband and father of two sons was cut short Wednesday afternoon by a gunman who had been in and out of prison before, prompting calls for reform from some neighbors who never met him. “A slap on the wrists… that’s it… and then they’re back out. It’s awful, and I just wish they would do more to criminals,” said Ricketts.
Now, those neighbors and this community are honoring a life lost. The dedicated public servant who paid the ultimate price for public service. “It takes something so tragic to open up people’s eyes” said Nebo Resident Matthew Jaynes.