SCI Forest Holds Fundraiser for Families Affected by Delaware Prison Hostage Incident

18033254_1520681377944258_1573974519046878907_nMARIENVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The staff at the State Correctional Institution in Forest County recently held a fundraiser for the families of those affected by the Delaware prison hostage incident February 1.

The day-long event Wednesday, March 29 featured was a chili cook off, raffle and K-9 demonstration.

Food was donated by the SCI Forest Employee Association. Dietary and Administration staff cooked the food and whipped up delicious desserts. When it was over, the staff had raised $1,300 for the Delaware prison families.

Forest staff members have a long tradition of supporting one another in difficult times and they are more than happy to extend that support to fellow brothers and sisters in the corrections industry across the nation.

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Many thanks go out to all staff who dedicated their time and efforts to making this event such a success.

According to a previously published report on cnn.com, a 19-hour standoff at a Delaware prison ended Feb. 2, but not before one of the corrections officials taken hostage by prisoners was found dead in the facility, the state Department of Correction said.

Sgt. Steven Floyd, a 16-year veteran of the department, was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m., Thursday, February 2, minutes before authorities secured the scene at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, officials said.

Another prison official who had been taken hostage was rescued from the prison’s C Building. She was treated at a local hospital.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, a corrections officer radioed for help in a building that houses about 120 inmates.

It’s also unclear what weapons the inmates used. Police were told they had “sharp instruments,” according to Robert Coupe, secretary of Delaware’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

The all-male facility, the largest in the state, was placed on lockdown and surrounded by police. By the time backup arrived, four corrections employees, including a female counselor, had been taken hostage, police said.

Over the course of the standoff, 46 inmates exited the building, officials said, but Coupe warned reporters that all 120 inmates in C Building, including those 46, are still considered suspects.


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