Today is the day of remembrance of the Peace Officer, who pays tribute to state, state and local police officers who died or were disabled on duty.
Sponsored by the National Brotherhood of Police, the annual Observance is part of the National Police Week. Prison officials from Orlando, Kissimmee and Orange County are in Washington, DC this week to honor four local officers killed in action last year.
Orange, Osceola and Seminole have lost at least a dozen laws. Law enforcement officers in duty since 2008 – some due to medical conditions, others in crashes or shootings – according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which prosecuted law enforcement deaths nationally.
Here are their stories:
Kissimmee Officer Matthew Baxter
Died: August 1
Cause: Baxter, 27, was killed on August 18 on patrol after becoming Everett Glenn Miller had approached, according to authorities, Baxter and his supervisor Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard. Baxter had asked Howard for help with Miller, who was excited by the video. Miller awaits trial for first degree murder.
Kissimmee Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard
Died: Aug 19, 2017
Cause: Howard, 36, was shot dead after serving one of his subordinates, Officer Matthew Baxter, during an encounter with a man later named Everett Glenn Miller Officers were wounded; Baxter died that night while Howard died the next day, officials said.
Orlando Lt. Police. Debra Clayton
Died: January 9, 2017
Cause: Clayton, 42, was shot dead in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on Princeton Street. The policeman had picked up groceries at the store when a woman approached and told her that Markeit Loyd, who had been wanted for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, was in business. When Clayton confronted him, he shot her four times, investigators said. Loyd is waiting for a murder charge.
Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis
Died: January 9, 2017
Cause: Lewis, a 35-year-old former football player for The University of Central Florida was involved in a traffic accident in Pine Hills killed while she was murdering the police of Orlando, Lt. Debra Clayton, after the suspected killer Markeith Loyd was looking for. His death was considered an accident.