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Community remembers Liberty County baseball coach, wife

Corey and Shana Crum were electrocuted Sunday as they volunteered at the high school baseball field
Posted: 6:23 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 22:23:39Z
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LIBERTY COUNTY, Fla. — Hundreds honored the lives of a Liberty County couple, who died while helping the community recover from Hurricane Michael.

Corey and Shana Crum were electrocuted Sunday as they volunteered at the high school baseball field.

It's clear this couple touched so many people and not just in Liberty County, but around the region.

The community has been through Hurricane Michael and now this, but there's hope to turn tragedy into something positive.

"A big man with an even bigger heart." That's how a family friend described Corey Crum.

Losing Corey was more than just losing a baseball coach.

"He was a good dad, a good husband, a good son, and a hard worker," said Derrick Crum, cousin of Corey Crum.

Corey was helping replace a scoreboard damaged by Hurricane Michael when he and his wife Shana were electrocuted.

"It's not too much to say that they sacrificed their lives for these young people, and I think it's a beautiful way that this community has come together," said State Attorney Jack Campbell.

People from Liberty, Wakulla and Franklin counties all have connections to the Crum and Millender families. State Senator Bill Montford grew up in nearby Blountstown.

"If they're not blood-related, they're related by the heart. That's the way these small communities are. They'll pull together. They'll come through, and they'll take care of one another," said Montford.

As this community moves on, there's hope that the baseball team will honor their coach whenever they get back on the field.

"He planted the seed for them to continue how his work ethic and continue to play hard -- for coach, but not only for themselves, but the community, and help the healing process," said Derrick.

Corey and Shana left behind three children, including their son Chase who was hurt when he tried to help them.

People told us they came here Friday to support the family in any way they can.