Fundraisers established for fallen correctional officer

DOVER — At least two GoFundMe pages claiming to be for correctional officers injured during Wednesday’s uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center have been set up.

Meanwhile, at least two Delaware businesses are holding fundraisers next week for correctional officer Lt. Steven Floyd, who died during the incident.

One GoFundMe was established by correctional officers for the personnel impacted by Wednesday’s events. According to the page, the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware will oversee the fundraising and distribute the contributions.

The page seeks to raise $30,000, and within the first day, 48 people had donated a total of $2,550.

The account was highlighted by GoFundMe promotional staff in an email.

A second GoFundMe, also focused on the officers and their families, has a goal of $10,000. Twenty-four individuals contributed a total of $880 in the first day after the account was created.

According to the page, it is sponsored by Chevrolet of Dover.

The fundraisers can be seen at https://www.gofundme.com/smyrna-families-rehab-fund and https://www.gofundme.com/loss-of-sgt-steven-floyd-coad.
On Wednesday, Delawareans can enjoy a meal and a beer while helping out a cause.

Smyrna’s Brick Works Brewing and Eats will be taking donations from 11 to 10. Additionally, 10 percent of all sales will go to the family of Mr. Floyd.

A woman who posted on Facebook and said she was Mr. Floyd’s daughter asked donations be given to help students.

“My dad always stressed the importance of being involved with the youth,” she wrote in part. “Helping kids learn their importance and the impact they could have on the world. He also made it his priority for us to get a proper education. I know he would be honored to have a donation placed in his name for either of those causes.”

On Feb. 11, Cabela’s, located at the Christiana Mall, will hold a cookout at 10, with all proceeds “going to the fund set up in” Mr. Floyd’s name.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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