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Family friend remembers the personal side of Deputy Moore

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A family friend of Deputy Mason Moore, his wife and three children, remembers the fallen deputy as a loving husband, devoted father and involved community member.

“If he wasn’t busy serving the community with the volunteer fire department or working with the Sheriff’s department, they were together as a family. I never saw him by himself unless he was in uniform.”

Kira Gifford met Deputy Mason Moore and his family when their children were in kindergarten together. 

“They’re in separate classes this year, but that’s about the only time they’re apart, they really enjoy spending time together,” Gifford said.

The two families also worked out together at the Gifford’s gym, V-42 Fitness in Three Forks, where Moore was one of their most regular members. 

“He would help the kids work out as well, his boys were in the their teens so he would help them do workouts as well,” Gifford said.  “You’d see his eyes light up when he’d see his eyes light up when he saw his little girl walk through the gym.”

As a parent, Gifford says Moore had a special way of correcting his children’s behavior. 

“He always did it with a kind and gentle voice, and was very loving,” Gifford said.

And after Moore’s death on Tuesday, she says his two sons immediately knew how to look after their mother and younger sister. 

“They stepped up to the plate and to me that is evidence of how amazing of a father he was,” Gifford said.

And she says he took that compassion with him to his job.

“You come in contact with so many people in that job, and each person has a story and each person has a story and I think he is definitely one that would be in tune with that,” Gifford said.

Even when Gifford closed up the gym while he was waiting for his ride after a workout.. she said Moore wasn’t a person to sit back and watch other work. 

“Hopped up and grabbed a vacuum cleaner and started wiping down equipment and he just saw something that needed to be done and he did it,” Gifford said.

As a way to honor Deputy Moore while doing something he loved, V-42 Fitness will hold a fundraiser with a workout named after Moore and pints of beer. 

Click here for ways to help the Moore family

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