By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 11, 2019
BRISTOL, Fla. (WCTV) – Those who knew Corey Crum say the baseball field was his happy place. He died there doing something he loved: helping others.
“That’s how coaches are,” said Liberty County Schools Superintendent David Summers.
Summers says Coach Crum was trying to speed up the recovery process from Hurricane Michael by helping to get the baseball field’s new scoreboard ready.
Summers says the high school’s head varsity baseball coach was installing three poles when the machine touched a power line and, when Crum stepped off, he was electrocuted.
According to Summers, Crum’s wife, Shana, came to his aid and was electrocuted, too.
The couple’s son, Chase, ran to his parents. Officials say he was burned on his hands and body.
Baseball players and their parents who were helping with the field cleanup witnessed it all.
“It tugs at any parent’s heart to see children hurting,” Summers said. “The tears I saw, they were so, they were everywhere. Adults, children, all we needed to do was just hold onto each other.”
The entire community is consoling each other during the tragedy.
Liberty County resident Krynn Inman says surrounding counties are reaching out in support.
“It makes me feel so good that everybody cares so much,” Inman said. “I didn’t really know him, but the community is hurting.”
Students have placed black ribbons around Liberty County High School in honor of a dedicated coach and his wife.
“A very close family, very tight-knit family,” Summers said. “They’ll be truly missed.”
Grief counselors are available at the school. Superintendent Summers said he met with teachers first thing Monday morning to make sure they have what they need to be supported.