When the Chick-fil-A on University Boulevard in Orlando, Florida, heard that one of their regular customers had fallen in the line of duty, it did something incredible in his honor.
The restaurant created a tribute, called a “Missing Man Table,” to recognize Orange County Deputy First Class Norm Lewis, WOFL reported.
The table was draped with a white table cloth and decorated with a bible flowers, a picture of Lewis and the meal he ordered every time he came into the restaurant — a box of 12 chicken nuggets, a fruit cup and a Powerade.
“I turned on the TV, and I couldn’t believe it. I just started bawling,” employee Beth Ivey told WOFL. “I can’t believe I won’t see him ever again. It doesn’t seem real.”
Lewis was said to always have had a smile on his face.
The Chick-fil-A posted to their Facebook account that Lewis would truly be missed by everyone who knew him.
It was a small but touching gesture after such a tragedy.
Lewis died in a motorcycle crash Monday while hunting down a man suspected of killing Orlando Police Sgt. Debra Clayton, WTSP reported. He was struck by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction while he was responding to a call for help.
He was only 35, and had served with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years, according to the sheriff’s office website.
Watch coverage of Chick-fil-A’s tribute to the officer below:
It is disheartening to hear of any law enforcement officer who loses his or her life while on duty, and Chick-fil-A said it best when they said that “thank you” is simply not enough for these people who put their lives on the line every day they put their uniforms on.
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