A Chick-fil-A in Orange County, Florida, is reaching out to the local law enforcement community with an unforgettable gesture to honor Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, who was killed on Monday, January 9. Lewis was participating in a manhunt for a suspect who is on the run after reportedly killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and another police officer when a group of three thugs did the unthinkable.
The grieving staff at the Chick-fil-A location created a “Missing Man Table” to honor the fallen deputy who happened to be a regular patron. According to staff, Deputy Lewis would stop in for a meal often and always ordered the same thing.
A framed photo of Deputy Lewis is on display at the “Missing Man Table” along with a Bible, a candle, and a single rose. Empty containers of his favorite menu picks, a 12-count nugget meal and a fruit cup, are also on the table.
According to a report by Daily Mail, staff posted the following message on their Facebook page:
For our restaurant, it is especially heartbreaking loosing (sic) such a loyal guest, a fellow UCF Knight, and a raving fan, Deputy Norm Lewis.
Thanks is not enough for what brave men and women like Norm sacrifice for our safety every day.
Deputy Lewis was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident which took place during a search for Markeith Loyd, who is wanted for allegedly murdering his ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon and Orlando Police Department Master Sgt. Debra Thomas Clayton.
Master Sgt. Thomas was allegedly shot and killed by Loyd just hours before the fatal motorcycle accident, when she confronted him outside of a Wal-Mart.
Loyd’s former boss, niece, and another ex-girlfriend have all been arrested by law enforcement for allegedly helping Loyd evade police. All three people are charged with accessory to first-degree murder after the fact in Dixon’s death.
According to a report by The Orlando Sentinel, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings attended a vigil at a church in Orlando. While at the vigil, Demings said, “I want to thank people for all the tips we’ve received.”
Demings also had a stark warning for others who may entertain the idea of helping Loyd evade arrest. “If they are assisting in harboring him in any way, we are going to bring them to justice,” he said. “We’ve made some arrests and we’re going to make more.”
Funerals for Officers Lewis and Clayton were held on Friday and Saturday at First Baptist Church of Orlando. Markeith Loyd is still at large and law enforcement is asking the community to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477 if they have any information as to his whereabouts.