CDCR employees are encouraged to join the cause

By Alexandra Powell, PIO, OPEC

On Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, Sgt. Steven Floyd of the Delaware Department of Corrections was killed during a nearly 20-hour-long hostage situation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware.

The news of Sgt. Floyd’s death was felt around the world, with countless correctional agencies expressing their support via social media. Correctional officers share a unique bond regardless of where they work. It’s no different at CDCR, where staff members have a history of rallying behind those in need.

Floyd had served with the Delaware Department of Correction for 16 years. He began his career in May of 2000 as a correctional officer and promoted to sergeant in 2002. Floyd was posthumously promoted to lieutenant on Feb. 3, 2017.

Brad Sanders, Associate Warden of Health Care Services at California Correctional Institution (CCI), said he was saddened upon hearing the news of Lt. Floyd’s death and wanted to reach out and help. Sanders called the institution where Floyd had worked and learned Floyd’s family was in need of assistance, and decided to get to work.

Sanders determined he would help organize a fundraiser to help Floyd’s family with any incurred expenses. A bake sale will be held at CCI on Feb. 24 with all proceeds going to help Floyd’s family. The local chapters of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and California Correctional Supervisors Organization are also donating to the success of the fundraiser. For more information about the bake sale, contact Lt. Brian Parriott at (661) 822-4402, ext. 3021 or at

Those who would like to make a donation to Lt. Floyd’s family can send a check to the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware (COAD) at 1243 College Park Drive, Dover, DE 19904. Please make the check payable to COAD. The memo line should state “In memory of Steven Floyd.” For more information please contact COAD at (302) 734-8061.