Funeral services set for officer slain in prison uprising

DOVER — As funeral services were scheduled for the Delaware correctional officer killed last week in the inmate uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center as Delaware State Police continued to investigate and area businesses organized fundraisers in the officer’s memory.

According to Evan W. Smith Funeral Services, a first visitation for Lt. Steven Floyd, 47, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Delaware State University Memorial Hall.

A second visitation will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at memorial hall, followed by a funeral service there. A procession following the funeral will conclude at Barratt’s Chapel, 6486 Bay Road, in Frederica, where interment will be.

Lt. Floyd was found dead early Thursday after tactical teams breached Building C, ending a nearly 19-hour hostage standoff at the prison near Smyrna.

A female counselor was rescued during the seige. Two other hostages — also correctional officers — who were severely beaten had been released earlier in the standoff that began last Wednesday morning.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science completed the autopsy of Lt. Floyd and  determined his death to be a homicide by trauma, according to a statement released from Delaware State Police on Friday.

No further information about the autopsy or the continuing prison investigation have been released. State Police cleared the crime scene last Friday evening and turned Building C back over to the Delaware Department of Correction.

“Because of the circumstances surrounding the incident, the investigation is expected to be lengthy and arduous. Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews as well as collect and examine countless pieces of physical and video evidence,” said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier in a news release.

Geoff Klopp, president of the correctional officers union, described Lt. Floyd, of Dover, as a dedicated officer and loving husband, father and grandfather who worked overtime  to help put his children through college. He was a 16-year veteran of the Department of Correction.

The Department of Correction welcomed first responders and Honor Guard units to attend Lt. Floyd’s services and advised those participants to enter the DSU campus through Gate 3 on College Road.

Community members are encouraged to carpool and use a shuttle from Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, where overnight accomodations were being provided for attendees at a discounted rate.

Fundraisers scheduled

On Saturday at 9 a.m., CrossFit gyms in the state will conduct a Hero WOD (workout of the day) in honor of Lt. Floyd, his family and the Delaware Department of Correction, according to organizers. Participants are asked to donate $10 per person for the two-person team workouts.

The workout will be 16 minutes long, mirroring Lt. Floyd’s years of service.

A silent auction will also be held. CrossFit gyms participating in the tribute include CrossFit Unlocked (Georgetown), CrossFit First State (Middletown), CrossFit Lewes, CrossFit Dover and CrossFit 1806 (Smyrna).

One GoFundMe campaign was established by correctional officers for the personnel impacted by the uprising. 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, As of Monday afternoon just over $14,000 had been pledged toward that goal.

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

A second GoFundMe campaign, also focused on the officers and their families, has a goal of $10,000. As of Monday, 27 individuals have contributed a total of $935. According to the page, it is sponsored by Chevrolet of Dover.

The fundraisers can be seen at gofundme.com/smyrna-families-rehab-fund and gofundme.com/loss-of-sgt-steven-floyd-coad.

Brick Works Brewing and Eats in Smyrna is hosting a funding drive on Feb. 8-10. The restaurant will be collecting donations, holding a silent auction and reserving 10 percent of all sales to be donated to an educational program at Lt. Floyd’s family’s request.

Anyone interested in donating to the silent auction should contact Roxanne Liddele at roxanne@bwbrewpub.com.

Identifying herself as Lt. Floyd’s eldest daughter, Candyss Floyd-White, spoke up on Facebook in response to the fundraiser.

“We thank you for putting this together in honor of our father,” she wrote. “Any amount raised should be donated to a youth organization or a scholarship fund for a deserving student. My dad always stressed the importance of being involved with the youth — 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 a.m., with all proceeds going to the fund set up in Lt. Floyd’s name.

Reach staff writer Ian Gronau at igronau@newszap.com

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