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U.S. Representative Val Demings

Representing the 10th District of Florida

Representative Val Demings Pays Tribute to Fallen Officers on House Floor


January 10, 2017





WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Val Demings, Florida’s 10th Congressional District, paid tribute to Sgt. Clayton and Deputy Lewis on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday night with Rep. Murphy, Rep. Soto, Rep. John Rutherford, Rep. Brian Mast and other members of the Florida delegation by her side.


"I rise today to honor the life of Master Sergeant Deborah Clayton from the Orlando Police Department and Deputy Norm Lewis of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. As the former Orlando Police Chief, I had the honor of knowing both Sgt. Clayton and Deputy Lewis.

Sergeant Clayton was violently murdered while responding to a call this morning. Deputy Lewis was killed while responding to a scene during the search for the suspect.

As we recognize Law Enforcement Appreciation day, we mourn the deaths of these two public servants.

Sergeant Clayton was a fine officer, wife, mother. She was 42 years young, and had just celebrated her first anniversary with her husband.

Deputy Lewis was deeply admired by all of his colleagues. He loved helping people, and it showed in his work. He was just 35.

Mr. Speaker, I respectively ask all Members to join me in a moment of silence, to honor these heroes during this most difficult time."