Every week, Orange County Deputy First Class Norm Lewis visited the same Chick-fil-A location in Orlando, Florida.
He stopped in once or twice a week for many years.
Norm would eat lunch in his uniform, and sometimes he’d even go for a bite and chat with the employees when he was off duty. The staff always looked forward to seeing Norm’s smiling face and getting one of his famous bear hugs. At 6’3 and 300 pounds, Norm was a gentle giant who had been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office since 2005. The beloved motorcycle deputy was a former UCF football player who worked closely with nonprofits serving inner-city youth.
But in January 2017, Norm’s life was tragically cut short. He was struck and killed by a van while helping hunt down a suspected gunman in the death of Master Sgt. Debra Clayton of the Orlando Police Department. Norm’s death broke many hearts in and around his community, including the Chick-fil-A employees who formed a close friendship with him over the years.
“I turned on the TV, and I couldn’t believe it. I just started bawling,” said Beth Ivey, a restaurant employee. “I can’t believe I won’t see him ever again.”
In the wake of Norm’s sudden death, the Chick-fil-A staff decided to honor him in the most incredible way: with a “Missing Man Table.”
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