ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Wednesday marks two years since the death of Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton and Orange County Deputy First Class Norman Lewis.
Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton was allegedly killed by Markeith Loyd outside of a Pine Hills Wal-mart in January. She was pursuing Loyd, as he was wanted for the December 2016 murder of a pregnant woman.
However, Markeith Loyd fled the scene, sparking a man hunt and frantic pursuit. Orange County Deputy First Class Norman Lewis was killed in a motorcycle crash while searching for Markeith Loyd following the death of Lt. Clayton.
On Wednesday morning, there was a remembrance ceremony at the Orange County Sheriff's Office to honor Lewis. He had been with the Sheriff's Office since March of 2005.
Deputy Norman Lewis' mother was in attendance. She spoke at the ceremony and requested that everyone give the person next to them a hug.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer made a statement on Wednesday morning, tweeting that "we'll never forget these heroes and are so grateful for our first responders who are committed to keeping us safe."
The Orlando Police Department also made a statement, saying that Clayton's "legacy of community involvement and her love for the profession will forever be a beacon to follow. Please take time today and honor her by making a positive impact in someone’s life."
Markeith Loyd's murder trial is scheduled to begin on Monday at the Orange County courthouse.