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Ranger station to be named after fallen officer Jason Crisp

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NEBO, NC (WBTV) -

On Tuesday afternoon, the House of Representatives passed legislation to name a ranger station in North Carolina in honor of fallen U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp.

The building, which will now be called "Jason Crisp Forest Service Building," is located in Nebo.

Officer Crisp was killed in the line of duty in March.

The bill, H.R. 4360, was introduced by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) in April. Meadows had the support of the entire North Carolina House delegation.

Crisp was part of the manhunt for 38-year-old Troy David Whisnant after the bodies of Whisnant's father and step-mother were found in their Burke County home in March.

When deputies went to Whisnant's home they found his parents, Ronda and Levi Whisnant, dead inside. There was also evidence of a struggle, and a missing vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

During the search, officials say Officer Jason Crisp and his K9 Officer, Maros, came across Whisnant, who shot and killed both officers.

Investigators say Whisnant stole Officer Crisp's service weapon and continued to run.

An Avery County Sheriff's deputy and troopers assigned to Burke County, who were near the shooting, attempted to save Officer Crisp's life, but were unable.

Whisnant was spotted along a stretch of roadway and ordered to the ground by two troopers and an Avery County deputy.

He refused and pointed a firearm at them, investigators say. The deputy and troopers returned fire, as Whisnant turned the gun on himself.

Crisp, a 16-year veteran of the United States Forest Service, is survived by his wife, two children, parents, sister, and two brothers.

"Officer Jason Crisp served his community bravely and selflessly. I hope this station will be a reminder to his family and friends of that service," Congressman Meadows stated.

"It was an honor to not only recognize Officer Crisp, but all first responders, who sacrifice so much to answer the call to protect and serve our communities," Meadows added.

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