ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Wednesday marks two years since the deaths of Orlando Police Department Lt. Debra Clayton and Orange County Sheriff's Deputy First Class Norman Lewis.
- Family, friends will gather at Orange County Sheriff's Office
- Cermeony will be held at 9:30 a.m., today
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Lewis lost his life in a crash while searching for Clayton's accused killer: Markeith Loyd.
There will be special honors ahead during the morning for that deputy.
Lewis was only 35 years old when he died. He was with the Sheriff's Office for 11 years when he was killed during the manhunt for accused cop-killer Lloyd.
Later on Wednesday morning, loved ones will gather in front of the Orange County Sheriff's Office to honor Lewis' memory.
Those who knew him best describe him as "gentle giant".
He graduated from University of Central Florida, where he was an offensive lineman from 2000 to 2003.
Lewis lost his life while helping track Lloyd just hours after the accused cop killer was identified as the suspect in the shooting death of Clayton.
Clayton was shot four times in a Walmart parking lot, which set off a massive manhunt.
During the search, Lewis' motorcycle collided with a vehicle that turned in front of him at the intersection of Pine Hills Road and Balboa Drive.
The then 80-year-old driver who was involved in a crash that killed Lewis was originally cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic.
After Lewis's death, his mother vowed to advocate for tougher penalties for drivers responsible for fatal crashes.
The remembrance ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Wednesday.