Delaware correctional officer to be laid to rest Saturday

Lt. Steven Floyd will be laid to rest on Saturday

Lt. Steven Floyd will be laid to rest on Saturday

Family, friends and dignitaries will pay respects to Lieutenant Steven Floyd, a prison officer who died during a prison hostage situation last week in Delaware. 

Floyd, whose death was ruled a homicide by trauma, died last Thursday during a 19-hour hostage situation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, involving 120 inmates.

On Saturday, Floyd will be laid to rest in Dover. There will be two visitation ceremonies prior to his funeral, which is expected to be well-attended by family, friends, military and law enforcement visiting from multiple states.

The event will take place at Delaware State University’s gymnasium, which is the largest venue in Kent County.

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The Correctional Officers Association of Delaware did not agree to an interview, but said Floyd, who was an Army veteran, will receive a military funeral, and that there will also be a Color Guard ceremony. Floyd’s family has asked the media to respect their privacy and not cover the services.

Floyd leaves behind his wife, three children, two grandchildren, his parents and several other family members. The Delaware native is described as a charitable man who was dedicated to his career.

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