Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Debra Lucinda Clayton

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, January 9, 2017

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Reflections for Lieutenant Debra Lucinda Clayton

Three years ago I was devastated. I failed my classes, I struggled, and I cried more than I have ever cried before. There were times when I felt like I forgot how to breathe.

I still think of you, and sometimes I still cry.

But losing you did bring me closer to God, and when you were here you told me that I would need a strong relationship with God and everyday I learn even more that you were right.

Lieutenant Debra Clayton, thank you for mentoring me and encouraging me to follow my dreams of becoming an Orlando Police Officer, my dreams haven't changed and I have about two years of college left.

I hope you are still watching over me Sarge.

Rest in Peace.

Explorers Post 103 Special Operations Li
Orlando Police Department

January 10, 2020

Three years ago yesterday, I was devastated. I failed my classes, I struggled, and I cried more than I have ever cried before. There were times when I felt like I forgot how to breathe.

I still think of you, and sometimes I still cry.

But losing you did bring me closer to God, and when you were here you told me that I would need a strong relationship with God, and everyday I learn more and more that you were right.

I hope you are still watching over me Sarge.

Lieutenant Debra Clayton thank you for guiding me and encouraging me to follow my dreams. I still have dreams of becoming an Orlando Police Officer. Though you may be gone, you will never be forgotten.

Explorers Post 103 Special Operations Li
Orlando Police Department

January 10, 2020

This was my second Sergeant when I got hired. She was always kind to me and I think of her often! I remember the times you and me met in the gym at the old station and chatted while you used the treadmill. I hope you are watching over us and smiling the way I remember! Thank you for such a immense sacrifice! It will never be forgotten!

Sgt. A. Lappas
Orlando Pd

January 9, 2020

Lt. Clayton, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 9, 2020

RIP sweet friend!!

Thank you for being so open and friendly to an out of state LEO. We had some great times, even though they were short.

Tiua R. Chilton
Retired (chief)
Kentucky

January 9, 2020

Thinking of you today my sister in blue. Never forgotten.

Constable
York Regional Police

January 9, 2020

As I show my freshman students the Dueling Dragons movie today and challenge them to make a difference in their community, I am missing you and your spirit. Never Forgotten !

Jennifer Williamson
OPD-Retired

January 8, 2020

R.I.P LT Clayton. Your work in the city of Orlando has inspired me to start by doing the same in the city or Fort Lauderdale. I must say thank you for the inspiration and you were the best

Police Explorer Green
Fort Lauderdale Police

August 9, 2019

I am still praying for you and your family.

Mary McCartney
A Citizen

June 24, 2019

Rest In Peace Sister in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 2nd anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 9, 2019

Never forgotten. Always honored. Always missed.

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Debra was killed.

To the Clayton family, fellow officers, and all who call Debra beloved , my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Lt. Clayton gave to her community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on January 9, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 20, 2018

I hope everyone will find comfort in Acts 24:15 - "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." Until we see our loved ones again on an earthly Paradise, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 24, 2018

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Debra was killed.

To the Clayton family, fellow officers, and all who call Debra beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Lt. Clayton gave to her community and the citizens of Florida and for the supreme sacrifice she and her family made on January 9, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

August 22, 2018

It seems like yesterday that we were two little girls sitting in front of our houses talking about our future with so much clarity. I miss you dearly, my friend. I know we will see each other again.

Rest In Peace,

Cynthia R. Jefferson

Communications Manager Cynthia Jefferson
Orange County Sheriff’s Office

August 3, 2018

Your squad spent the past week honoring and remembering you in DC at National Police Week. You are never forgotten and will always be a part of our hearts. Bravo/Alpha Days will always be "Deb's Squad."

Ofc Alison Clarke
Orlando Police Department, B/A Days

May 20, 2018

Riding bicycles 270+ miles in your honor April 9th-13th, 2018. Rest in Peace. You will never be forgotten!

FLTDF Volunteer Staff
Florida Tour De Force

March 27, 2018

Thank you for your service and sacrafice for your community. GOD BLESS YOU RIP Thoughts and prayers for your family, friends, and Department. Your life mattered to me.

Retired Cpl. S.O.Deputy Donna Rennrr
Santa Rosa County Sheriff s Dept. (FLA)

February 10, 2018

Rest well my sister.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD

January 9, 2018

Debra...here we are one year later and the pain is as if it just happened. Nate is missing you tremendously, as I am. We miss your beautiful smile. Continue to rest in peace my dear friend...until we meet again

MPO Sharon Edgecombe
Orlando Police Department

January 9, 2018

5 miles in your honor Ma'am. You are not forgotten.

Detective Michele Nelson
Riverside County Sheriff's Department

January 9, 2018

To the parents and all the family of Debra Clayton. I am so very sorry for your loss. My son was killed in the line of duty in Dallas, Tx. August 19, 2000. It is the hardest thing I ever went through and I have a feeling it is the same for you all. I am sure your daughter was the light of your lives. She was so pretty and very brave. I hope you have already learned of the origination called C.O.P.S. They have saved my life. They are there for every family member. Treat yourselves very gently and keep all the good memories very close in your hearts.

Sharon Dickerson
Mother of Sr. Cpl. Harold F. Baird Jr.

December 14, 2017

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another sister who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both her family and her law enforcement family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May she rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Retired
Cincinnati P.D., Ret.

October 2, 2017

RIP thank you for protecting and serving your community. It takes a lot to do this career and you did it until it unfortunately taken from you. Thank you LT Clayton!

Nina Thomas-Manley
LASD/Class 425

September 17, 2017

Remembering your service and ultimate sacrifice for the safety of others. Your Courage and Bravery will strive us to better serve and fight the forces of darkness. Rest in Peace sister and brothers we remember you and your families.

A. Theander BCSO Deputy 0415
Bonner County Sheriffs Office

August 11, 2017

Rest in peace Ma'am. I salute you for your bravery and courage. You were a true heroine, and I am proud to be your brother in blue.

Ofc. Calen Chang
Burlington Police Department

July 10, 2017

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