Funeral services set for fallen corrections officer

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Funeral services have been announced for fallen corrections employee, Lt. Steven Floyd, who died after he was taken hostage along with two other corrections officers and a prison counselor at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.

SMYRNA: Funeral services have been announced for fallen corrections employee, Lt. Steven Floyd, who died after he was taken hostage along with two other corrections officers and a prison counselor at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.

A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday, Feb. 10, from 5-9 p.m. at the Delaware State University Memorial Hall, located at 1200 N. DuPont Highway in Dover, Delaware.

A second visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

His funeral will follow at 12 p.m., and will also be held at the hall.

Burial services will take place at Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery, located at 6486 Bay Road in Frederica.

It was about 5:00 A.M. Thursday when authorities used a back hoe to breach a wall at the C building where two remaining hostages were being held along with an unknown number of inmates at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

Authorities say inmates used water obtained through negotiations to fill up foot lockers, and used them as barricades in the doorways, preventing authorities from gaining access into the building.

When authorities began clearing the building, they rescued a female counselor who was being shielded by other inmates. It wasn’t until twenty minutes later that they found the remaining hostage, a corrections officer unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 5:29 A.M. Thursday.

The 47-year-old grandfather is now being hailed as a hero for saving officers’ lives.

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