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Peace Officers Memorial Day: These Orlando officers lost their lives in the last decade



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

8, 2017

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.

Orange County Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine

Died: February 11, 2014

Cause: Pine, 34, was killed in the pursuit of burglary suspect Benjamin Holtermann, who replaced the deputy three times shot with a stolen gun before he killed himself, authorities said. Erica Pugh, the girlfriend of the Schossers and the accomplices, later agreed to a plea that carries 15 years. Windermere Officer Robert German

Died: March 22, 2014

Cause: German, 31, was shot dead during a meeting with two adolescent runaways, Brandon Goode and Alexandria Hollinghurst, who then committed suicide , Her motive for killing the officer was unclear. His assassination took place less than six weeks after the death of Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine.

Deputy Matthew Jay Miller of Seminole Matthew Jay Miller

Died: Dec 26, 2011

Cause: Miller, 53, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a Volkswagen Jetta at the intersection of Maitland Boulevard and Gateway Drive. Eslinger said the MP was trying to catch up with a Speeder on Maitland Boulevard when the accident occurred.

Orange County detective Michael K. Erickson

Died: March 16, 2011

Cause: Erickson, a 48-year-old homicide detective Col is no longer at the Racquetball in the YMCA Aquatic Center on International Drive. The cause of death was a heart attack, the authorities said. At the time of his death, he was in the midst of "several difficult and extensive investigations" that charged him with "extreme emotional and physical strain," the sheriff's office said.

Orange County Deputy Sebastian Edward Diana [19659002] Died: March 12, 2011

Cause: Diana, 40 years old, died after a more than five-year struggle with a sheriff's illness during one of the sons Emergency call in 2006 got. He caught the disease during CPR to a child who did not breathe, officials said

Orange County Deputy Brandon Coates

Died: December 8, 2010

Cause: Coates, 27, was shot twice during a traffic stop. Investigators said his killer, Brandon Lyals, had been searched in a series of unresolved burglaries and used a 40-caliber Glock he stole days earlier during a residential burglary to shoot the deputy. Lyals took his life with the same stolen weapon.

Orange County Deputy Craig Heber

Died: July 21, 2010

Cause "Heber suffered a heart attack after reacting to a pipeline that flooded home The agency said Heber had ripped furniture out of the water in 90-degree heat to the city owner's property, leading to his heart attack.

Correcti officer Mark Lindsey Parker

Died: March 19, 2009

Cause: Parker, 44, died 25 years after being wounded in the massacre on January 10, 1984, in the old courthouse in Orlando. Gunman Thomas Provenzano also shot and killed bailiff William "Arnie" Wilkerson and Harry Dalton, causing Parker to be paralyzed by the chest and Provenzano later executed.

jeweiner@orlandosentinel.com, 407-420-5171 or @JeffWeinerOS on Twitter

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