In Memoriam: Deputy First Class Norman Lewis
Sheriff Jerry Demings, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff First Class Norman Lewis.
Deputy Lewis, 35, was responding to assist with a search of a murder suspect who had just been involved in a shooting that killed Master Sergeant Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department.
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As Deputy Lewis was traveling toward the scene of the shooting on his motor unit, a minivan made an abrupt left turn in front of him. Deputy Lewis was not able to avoid a collision and struck the side of the van.
Deputy Lewis sustained critical injuries in the crash as he was thrown from his motor unit onto the roadway. Deputy Lewis was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Deputy Lewis was a former University of Central Florida Football player from 2000 to 2003. He played as an offensive lineman for the Knights.
— LT. Bill Walsh (@VPDWalsh77) January 10, 2017
Lewis suffered a catastrophic knee injury that almost ended his football career in 2002, however, he attacked his rehabilitation with a remarkable vengeance and was able to play for the majority of the 2003 season.
Lewis obtained his bachelor’s degree from UCF in Criminal Justice in 2004 and was hired by the Orange County Sheriff Department the following year.
Deputy Lewis served the Orange County Sheriff Department for eleven years.
Deputy Sheriff First Class Norman Lewis-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, January 9, 2016.
Graphic done by Rose Borisow GraFX