Chris grew up admiring his father, who served as a police officer for over 40 years. His respect for his dad gave him a strong foundation and inspired him to devote his life to service as a first responder. In 1991, at age 14, Chris started as a junior firefighter with Metro West Fire District. He joined the Eureka Fire Protection District as a volunteer and was promoted to full-time in 1998. In 2001, Chris started at Maryland Heights Fire District, where he served for 17 years as a firefighter/paramedic. Chris was a proud member of the IAFF Local 2665 and served his country with FEMA’s Missouri Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue. He was deployed to New York City on 9/11 and responded to Hurricane Katrina.
He received the Medal of Valor and many other awards through his hard work, commitment, and passion for serving others. He loved to teach and share his experience with new recruits. He was an instinctive fireman, and his brothers said they would have followed him through the gates of hell.
He adored his precious baby girl, Tori, and proud son, CJ, and his happiest moments in life were his time with them. He loved fishing with Tori, even though she always caught more than him, and even when the fish did not bite. Sitting in the blind, hunting with CJ for his first deer or bird, was a father-son experience he cherished. Everyone he met heard how proud he was of CJ and Tori. They were the true love of his life!
Chris was the beloved son of Wayne Moore (Sandy) and Kathy Moore (Paul Thrapp), and brother of Candice Moore (Chad Province). He was planning to spend his life living out his dreams with his childhood sweetheart, Beth (Clugh) Bell, and her three children, RJ, Delaney, and Taylor.
Chris memorized all the words to almost every song and would belt it out any chance he got. He was a loyal friend and almost always had a smile (or smirk!) on his face. His favorite place to be was the beach, and he had plans to retire there someday. He could bring joy and laughter to any group of people. We remember countless good times, late nights, early mornings, tough calls, tough times, laughing and crying.
Chris was a trusting and loyal man. He brought goodness to suffering people and difficult situations. He genuinely loved life and gave his all for the good of others.
Chris has been greatly missed every day since his EOW on June 8, 2019. His memory will be carried on by his children, friendships, stories, and by the strength of the community around us.