If any fast food restaurant knows how to honor America’s men and women in blue, it is Chick-fil-A. Not only do employees sometimes wear uniforms that honor #bluelivesmatter and support those that put their lives on the line for the community, they also go above and beyond when an officer is threatened or hurt.
Recently, a central Florida Chick-fil-A has honored a fallen police officer who was gunned down while on a manhunt for a suspect cop killer. Because Orange County Deputy First Class Norman Lewis loved that particular Chick-fil-A location, even stopping in one or twice a week for years, the manager has dedicated to create a tribute to the fallen man in blue.
And when you see what they’ve done for Officer Lewis, your respect for the fried chicken joint will deepen.
Discover how they honored the fallen cop at their restaurant as you scroll down now!
Staff was heartbroken when they learned their long-time customer and honorable deputy was gunned down during the manhunt for 41-year-old Markeith Loyd. The suspected cop killer allegedly gunned down another officer when he confronted Loyd outside of a Florida Walmart. He was wanted for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.
Officer Lewis was killed in a car crash while responding to the call to join the manhunt.
The Chick-fil-A location created the “Missing Man Table” as a tribute to Officer Lewis. They sectioned off a table at their restaurant and covered it with a white cloth. Then they placed a meal on the table alongside a Bible, a rose, a plaque, and Lewis’s photograph.
“I turned on the TV, and I couldn’t believe it. I just started balling,” Beth Ivey, a restaurant employee, told Fox 35 Orlando. “I can’t believe I won’t see him ever again. It doesn’t seem real.”
Lewis was not only popular at the Chick-fil-A. He frequented a local gas station where he also made an impression. Employees said they looked forward to his weekly fill ups.
One gas station employee, Danielle Giaquinto, said Lewis gave giant bear hugs to some employees as well as huge smiles each time he filled up his tank.
“I still can’t even believe it,” she added. “I immediately had a panic attack, because everyone knows how close I am to him.”
Lewis graduated from the University of Central Florida. He was a star football player there too.
Although two officers have died in association with Loyd, the suspect is still at large. A reward is out for the alleged cop killer and totals $100,000. Police believe he has an accomplice helping him stay a step ahead of the law.
Viewers like you had this to say about the tragedy of losing this officer:
“This is so sad! I’m speechless”
“Poor Officers, my condolences go out to their families. Rest In Peace Debra Clayton and Norman Lewis.”
“R.I.P those police officer”
“blue lives matter, always,” viewer Sean Bayman wrote.
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