Forest Service officials announced additional details for the funeral arrangements for Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Jason M. Crisp and K-9 Officer Maros, who were killed in the line of duty on March 12, 2014.
The funeral service is today at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium at McDowellHigh School, 600 McDowell High Drive, Marion, N.C.28752.
Those who are unable to attend the funeral service Monday may pay their respects at the processional from Westmoreland Funeral Home to McDowellHigh School. The processional will depart the funeral home at about 1:15 p.m. and will travel from Main Street to the Five Lane and turn west onto U.S. 70 West. The casket will be moved from the hearse to the N.C. Highway Patrol near the intersection of U.S. 70 West and the U.S. 221 bypass. The caisson will then proceed to the high school from U.S. 70 West. All traffic will be stopped as the procession passes.
Parking availability at the memorial service is very limited and is reserved for family, law enforcement, U.S. Forest Service employees, emergency services personnel in government vehicles, and handicap vehicles with placards. Several people will be directing traffic at the high school. Please follow their instructions.
All vehicles parking at the high school must use the entrance from U.S. 70 West, not High School Hill. Overflow parking is available at the Roses parking lot at 600 N. Main St., and the Peebles parking lot at 364 U.S. 70 West. Shuttles buses to the high school will be available and will start boarding at 12:30 p.m.
Family, close friends, U.S. Forest Service employees, law enforcement and emergency services personnel, as well as other officials, will sit in the chairs lining the gym floor.
Additional attendees will be seated on the bleachers. A private burial will immediately follow the service. Due to limited space at the site, only family members, close friends and law enforcement and emergency personnel who worked with Officer Crisp will be allowed to attend.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., the funeral procession will depart McDowell High School down High School Hill and turn right on the Five Lane. It will continue south on Main Street and turn right onto West Henderson Street and proceed west onto Sugar Hill Road. The procession will turn right onto Veterans Drive toward WestCourtBaptistChurchCemetery.
At that time, those individuals who are not going to the grave side service are asked to continue straight on Sugar Hill Road. This route and the intersecting roads will be closed to allow the procession to pass through. Drivers should expect delays in this area between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. (WLOS)