ORLANDO, Fla. – Six men and women of the law enforcement community will be honored by the Central Florida Urban League and local youth on Thursday, June 21 (11:30 a.m.) at the Citrus Club (255 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 1800), marking the third annual Lt. Debra Clayton Honoring Our Heroes celebration.
In attendance will be a number of community leaders as well as Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orlando Police Department Chief of Police, John Mina.
In the weeks prior to the event, local youth were asked to nominate law enforcement officers that have made a significant and positive impact on their lives. Officers receiving the honor will not be made aware of the youth who nominated them until the day of the event.
“We are proud to recognize the incredible work done by members of the law enforcement community and highlight the positive relationship between them and our local youth.” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and C.E.O. of the Central Florida Urban League. “Each honoree is a caring and compassionate individual who has made a remarkable difference in the life of a child in our community.”
Last year, the CFUL renamed the event to the Lt. Debra Clayton Honoring Our Heroes celebration. Lt. Clayton, who was tragically murdered on January 9, 2017, worked hand-in-hand with the CFUL to improve the lives of children and families in Central Florida. She was also one of seven officers honored at the inaugural Honoring Our Heroes event in 2016.