Monday, former Orlando Police Chief Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) made the following statement in honor of the beginning of National Police Week.
“Each year, law enforcement officers, families, and supporters come from around the country to honor America’s law enforcement officers, to pay tribute to fallen officers, and comfort their loved ones. It is yet another demonstration of their commitment to protect and serve.
“This year, Central Florida honors four of our own, whose names will be added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall: Lieutenant Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department, Deputy Norman Lewis of Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Matthew Baxter of the Kissimmee Police Department, and Sergeant Sam Howard of the Kissimmee Police Department. They are gone but never forgotten.
“I extend my deepest thanks to every law enforcement officer—men and women who do a tough job with dedication, honor, and bravery. I offer my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of every officer who lost their life in the line of duty. As we honor them for their bravery and commitment, I ask that you continue to keep all our officers and their families in your prayers.”