OPD removes mourning bands from badges a month after death of officer, deputy

by: Monique Valdes Updated:

Deputy Norman Lewis and Sgt. Debra Clayton

Thursday marks one month since the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office lost members of their forces in the line of duty.

Orlando police said on Twitter that its officers have taken off the mourning bands over their badges, which are typically worn 30 days after an officer is killed.

Photos: Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton 

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Lt. Debra Clayton was shot and killed Jan. 9 by murder suspect Markeith Loyd, police said.

She was posthumously promoted to lieutenant. Clayton had one son and was recently married. 

Deputy Norman Lewis, or “Big Norm,” as he was known, died in a motorcycle crash while responding to the search for the shooter.

Clayton was well-known in the community and volunteered for numerous programs for youth outreach.