Chick-fil-A creates 'missing man table' for fallen deputy

- Orange County Deputy First Class Norm Lewis loved Chick-fil-A, so much so that he visited the University Boulevard location once or twice a week for years.

The 11-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Office and motorcycle deputy died while helping hunt down a man suspected of killing Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, an officer with the Orlando Police Department.

His death has devastated lots of people, including staff at his favorite Chick-fil-A, where it hit them especially hard.  To honor their friend, they have created a tribute they call the "Missing Man Table." 

"I turned on the TV, and I couldn't believe it.  I just started bawling," said Beth Ivey, a restaurant employee.  "I can't believe I won't see him ever again.  It doesn't seem real."

Lewis, 35, was also known to stop by the RaceTrac store on University Boulevard, near the University of Central Florida, once or twice, every week.   Danielle Giaquinto was working there most of the time. She said she and other workers looked forward to seeing Lewis, his smile and the big bear hugs he gave.
"I still can't even believe it," she said, wiping away tears.  "I immediately had a panic attack, because everyone knows how close I am to him."
Giaquinto fondly recalled her visits with her friend, whether he was on or off duty. 
"He'd come in in his uniform, and I'd poke his sides to try to make sure there were no vulnerable spots. I wanted to make sure he was safe."
She said the grief of losing Lewis is unbearable. 
"I still can't even believe it," she said. "I'm not gonna be able to get, or give him another hug."
Lewis was a graduate of UCF and played football for the Knights.  
The following are the funeral arrangements for Deputy First Class Norman Lewis:
Thursday, January 12, 2017
1700-2100 hours
First Baptist Church of Orlando
3000 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32805
Funeral Service: 
Friday, January 13, 2017
1100 hours
First Baptist Church of Orlando
3000 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32805
Port Charlotte, Florida.  More details will be forthcoming.


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