Orlando Chick-Fil-A Honors Fallen Hero Orange County Deputy First Class Norm Lewis

Chick-fil-a honored fallen hero Deputy Norm Lewis.

Chick-fil-a honored fallen hero Deputy Norm Lewis.

Orlando Chick-Fil-A Honors Fallen Hero Orange County Deputy First Class Norm Lewis

Orange County, FL –  A Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Orange County is paying tribute to a fallen hero, Orange County Deputy First Class Norman (Norm) Lewis.

According to FOX35, Orange County Deputy Lewis visited this particular Chick-Fil-A in Orlando, on University Blvd at Rouse Road, multiple times a week over the past several years.  During that time, he became close with employees, who were stunned by his death.  One employee, Beth Ivey, said that she couldn’t believe what had happened and that she couldn’t believe that she would never see him again.  She also said “that it doesn’t seem real.”

Deputy Norm Lewis was killed last Monday, January 16, 2017, in a traffic crash while responding to assist fallen Orlando Police Department Master Sgt. Debra Clayon.  In his memory, Chick-Fil-A employees created a “missing man” table, complete with the fallen hero’s photo. The table is covered with a white tablecloth, and also has a meal on it, along with a Bible.

The Orlando Chick-FIl-A also posted a picture of the tribute to Deputy Norm Lewis on its Facebook page.  A “missing man” table originated with the military many years ago.  It is an honor set up in military dining facilities in memory of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service-members. Chick-Fil-A’s Facebook post said “In honor and remembrance of Orange County Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, a regular at our restaurant who’s smiling face will be truly missed! ‘Thanks’ is not enough for what brave men and women like Norm sacrifice for our safety every day.”

The restaurant also posted that Deputy Norm Lewis ordered a 12 piece nugget meal with a fruit cup almost every time that he visited.  They referred to him as a “gentle giant” and said that “he was always cutting up with the cashiers.”  The restaurant also lowered its flags to half-staff on the day that Deputy Lewis and Orlando PD Master Sgt. Debra Clayton were killed.

We thank you, Chick-Fil-A, for your support of law enforcement officers.  It is a welcome change from the many restaurants recently where we have been so disrespected.

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