Monday, January 9, 2017 10:45 a.m.
This is indeed a sad day in the City of Orlando. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Master Sergeant Debra Clayton. She was a brave, 17-year member of the Orlando Police Department, and her loss will be felt throughout the department and the entire City of Orlando.
More importantly she will be missed as a mother, wife, daughter and sister. I share my condolences and prayers with her family and I know the entire City and this community will support the family in any way that we can.
Her death, the death of Sheriff Deputy Norman Lewis and the injuries to Deputy Nelson Borjas are a reminder that our law enforcement put their lives on the line every single day to protect you and me.
To the men and women of OPD, I and the entire City Council, stand with you and are here to support you during this difficult time.
I am declaring today an official day of mourning in the City of Orlando. As in the past, I’d like to call on our community to stand united in support for all of the families.
I am also calling on the community to provide any information that will help lead to the capture of this violent criminal by calling 9-1-1 or Crimeline at 800.423.TIPS.
-Mayor Buddy Dyer