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Family, friends of fallen correctional officer honor his memory

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MOOSIC, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WOLF) -- “Great best friend. Miss him like crazy, you know.”

Nearly 900 family members, friends, and supporters gathering at PNC Field in Moosic today to honor the life of Kris Moules. Moules was a correctional officer at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility and was killed in the line of duty last year.

“He was a friend. And he always had a way to put a smile on your face and be your buddy. He was a good teammate, a good friend, and a good family member,” Corey Helfrich, of Larksville, said.

The Moules family decided to organize an event centered around one of the things Kris loved most.

“A celebration of pastime and one of Kris’ great passions in life – baseball,” Eric Messersmith, Chief Union Steward, Luzerne County Division of Corrections, said.

Kris played baseball throughout high school at Wyoming Valley West and also at Lackawanna College… and wore the number 8 jersey.

The same number on the backs of the t-shirts family and friends wore today.

His dad, Ken, got the honor of throwing out the first pitch before the RailRiders took on the Pawtucket Red Sox, and another part of Kris’ extended family got down on the field as well.

The Luzerne County Division of Corrections Honor Guard presented the national, state, and county colors as the National Anthem was sung by one of their daughters, Alicia Lynn.

“Just brought the whole family bond together. Kind of what the Moules family wanted to do,” Messersmith said.

And of course friends were in no short supply.

Dave Hampton and Kris grew up together, he says the turnout has been incredible.

“Absolutely amazing. There’s nothing more – this is like one big family coming together for one great man. Amazing. There’s nothing – there’s no words you can say. Truly, truly amazing,” Hampton, of Swoyersville, said.

Next up for the Moules and their extended family – a 5K Run and Walk held at Kirby Park next month.

“All the proceeds are going to go into a foundation that we are set up funds for youth sports and the department of corrections and the family of corrections.”

A portion of each ticket sold for Kris Moules Group Day goes towards the Kristopher D. Moules Walk for Heroes Foundation.

The Kris D. Moules Walk for Heroes will be held on August 12 at Kirby Park in Kingston.

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.

More information can be found on the event’s official Facebook page. Donations to the foundation can be made on the official crowdfunding page.

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