Polk County

Polk County deputy, 32, dies of COVID-19

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A Polk County deputy died Monday after being sick with COVID-19 and in the hospital for several weeks, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Christopher Broadhead, 32, became a deputy working in patrol in November 2011. He was also a property crimes detective, robbery detective and homicide detective throughout his career, the department said.

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Most recently, he was assigned to the Southeast District in the Lake Wales area. He was a graduate of the University of Florida.

Broadhead was married to former deputy Elisa Broadhead and was a stepfather to her three children. Together, they had two daughters, ages 1 and 2.

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The department said it’s in the process of planning a line of duty funeral service with full law enforcement honors.

Broadhead received many accolades through his 10-year career, including a Medal of Valor in 2013, several division and department commendations, a Sheriff’s Commendation and Meritorious Service Medal in 2017.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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