ORLANDO, JUNE 29, 2017 – Six men and women of the law enforcement community, as well as the late Lt. Debra Clayton, will be honored by Governor Rick Scott, the Central Florida Urban League and local youth on June 30 (11:30 a.m.) at the Orlando Police Department Headquarters (1250 W. South Street) in the second annual Honoring Our Heroes luncheon.
In the weeks prior to June 30, local youth were asked to nominate members of the law enforcement that have made a significant and positive impact in their lives. Officers receiving the honor will not be made aware of the youth who nominated them until the day of the event.
“We are proud to shine a bright light on the incredible work done by members of the law enforcement community,” said Glenton Gilzean Jr., President and C.E.O. of the Central Florida Urban League. “Each honoree went above and beyond to make a difference in the life of a child or young adult; they deserve our utmost appreciation and gratitude.”
At the heart of Honoring Our Heroes and one of the core missions of the CFUL is recognizing the positive relationship between the youth and the law enforcement community. The late Lt. Debra Clayton championed this mission, and as such, beginning this year, the event will bear her name and serve as a permanent memory to a hero who dedicated her life to improving this relationship and improving the lives of at-risk youth.
“The late Lt. Debra Clayton was a hero and we could not think of a more fitting honor than ensuring that this event recognized her passion and life’s work,” added Gilzean. “Lt. Clayton spent countless hours working with youth and families, building their trust and appreciation for law enforcement through action and compassion. She left an eternal legacy that we will forever be grateful for.”
Lt. Debra Clayton was one of seven officers honored at the first Honoring Our Heroes luncheon in June 2016.
The CFUL would like to thank: AT&T as well as: the Heart of Florida United Way, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Bags Inc., the Orange County Public Schools, the Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Spectrum, Orange County, the Florida Office of the Attorney General, Bjoely Event Service and Nothing Bundt Cakes for their support of this initiative.