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Wakulla community honors a local couple gone too soon

Youth Baseball League honors Coach, wife
Posted at 11:24 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 23:24:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Wakulla County's Youth Baseball League has named a special award to honor Corey and Shana Crum, who meant so much to their community.

It has been almost a year since the Liberty County couple died tragically, and their community in Wakulla County is still recovering from the loss.

On March 10, 2019, Coach Corey Crum and his wife Shana were trying to replace a scoreboard damaged by Hurricane Michael when they were electrocuted and killed.

"I remember him squeezing my hand and he told me he said I'll see you in a couple weeks," said Derrick Crum, Corey's cousin. "And I never did get to see him."

Corey and his wife Shana Crum died one week later.

"It almost feels like a constant dream. I remember getting the phone call. And I just couldn't speak for 30 minutes to an hour."

Wakulla County was home for them, and Medart Park was where Corey could be found coaching. Field seven was Corey and Shana's favorite field in the entire park.

Now, the Wakulla Community is making sure their legacy of love for the game continues.

Hayley Haigh along with her husband brought the idea of naming the award after the Crums to life.

"I can't think if two more people whose legacy I would want to carry on, whose love I would want to continue," said Haley Hy, a resident of the Wakulla community.

"We want to recognize and honor people who have the same love the same heart and the same vision for our community for our sport as they did," Hy said.

Opening Day for the Wakulla Youth Baseball League marks the year anniversary of the Crums death.

Haigh says it wasn't planned but was just perfect timing. Their friends say they are deserving of the honor.

"It's exactly what needed to be done if you're going to honor two people," said Hy." I don't know if that there are two finer people to honor."

They will present the award Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Medart Park.

They said there will also be another surprise for the family at the award presentation.