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Polk County deputy dies after battling COVID-19 in hospital for weeks

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Posted at 11:26 PM, Aug 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-27 12:33:01-04

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff's Office announced that a deputy who was battling COVID-19 for several weeks in the hospital has died.

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Broadhead, 32, became a deputy sheriff working in patrol in November 2011. Throughout his career, he was also a property crimes detective, robbery detective, and homicide detective. He was most recently assigned to the Southeast District, in the Lake Wales area of the county.

Deputy Broadhead received many accolades throughout his 10-year career. He was awarded a Medal of Valor in 2013, several division and department commendations, a Sheriff's Commendation, and Meritorious Service Medal in 2017.

Deputy Broadhead was married to former Deputy Elisa (Ranze) Broadhead. He was a stepfather to Elisa’s three children and together he and Elisa have two daughters, ages one and two.

A memorial service for Deputy Broadhead will be held Monday, August 30 at 10 a.m. at the Victory Church at 1401 Griffin Road in Lakeland.

There will be no viewing or gravesite service. Law enforcement honors will take place outside the church following the church service.