Hundreds Honor Legacy of Corrections Officer Taken Too Soon

WILKES-BARRE -- Friends, family, and coworkers came together on Tuesday to remember the life of a corrections officer who was killed in a tragic fall.

One year after corrections officer Kristopher Moules' death, hundreds of people honored his life, not with grief but with gratitude.

"He was just a huggy, kissy, friend to everybody. He was a good boy," His mother Kitty Moules said.

Moules was just 25-years-old when he and inmate Timothy Gilliam were involved in an altercation on the fifth floor of the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. The two slammed into a closed elevator door. It opened and they fell to their deaths.

However, one thing coworkers said they will always remember about Moules is how he made them feel at work.

"Just always putting a smile on your face, always had a smile on his face," Corrections officer James Gilhooey said.

County Manager David Pedri said he keeps Moules' prayer card on a bulletin board in his office as a reminder to give his all, for a man who gave so much.

"I look at that card and I think about him when times are rough and maybe it hasn't been the best of days, and I say I owe it to him. I owe it to a young man who gave of himself," Pedri said.

Loved ones and even perfect strangers offered all the support they could give to the Moules family.

"It's been a year like this. Anything that happens, they all come and they all show up and they all offer hugs and kisses and support, and they send me texts, and they call. They do everything they can," Kitty Moules said.

Now, there will also be a shining reminder of the heavy price Moules paid to protect others.

"It's tough every day walking in there, but today especially. We are going to hang the plaque in his honor today. It's going to be a very emotional day," Deputy Warden Sam Hyder said.

"With that plaque, walking by that on a daily basis it's going to be something that is in the back of our mind, how well he served his community," Gilhooey said.

As the flag was lowered to half-staff and the bag pipes played out, one thing was for certain.

"He made his mother and father proud," Kitty Moules said.

2 comments

  • Peter

    Ever wonder how you’re going to die? Imagine someone telling you, “You’re gonna fall down an elevator shaft in a prison.” Would you believe it?

    • 1000 ways to die

      I wouldn’t believe it. Im from a decent county. We don’t have a multiple level jail with an elevator. Most of the inmate population in my county are DUI’S and child support flunkies. We just have a single story baby sitting romper room. There’s more bad azzes in the local 7th grade class.

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