It is with profound sadness and grief that Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office mourn the passing of Stephan Adams, 43, a detention aide with BSO. Adams died on January 30, and BSO confirmed today that his death was caused by COVID-19.
Adams was one of the unsung heroes of BSO’s Department of Detention and Community Programs. He did work that might not have been recognized by the public but was recognized by his peers and supervisors. Adams most recently served as a property specialist in detention. He was in charge of issuing employee uniforms and was considered “respectful” and a “fast learner,” who was willing to “assist coworkers” and “performed extremely well” at his job.
BSO hired Adams in 2018 as a detention aide, and he began his career working at the Joseph V. Conte Facility in Pompano Beach. His duties included various important support functions. Adams made a deep impression on his coworkers, including his supervisor, Lt. Catherine Cummings.
“Every supervisor always requested Mr. Adams to work in their area because everyone knew the job would get done and be done right the first time without any hesitation,” Lt. Cummings said. “Anytime there was a special assignment, my go-to was Mr. Adams!”
Adams believed in serving his community and coached youth football in Lauderhill. Adams also valued integrity. On his BSO application he wrote, “I’m honest and straightforward as I can be,” adding that “I know how to lead by example and be a team player.”
Adams is survived by family and friends. Funeral services will be held this week. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in the memory of Stephan Fredrick Adams to: