Category: In Memory Of …

Debra Clayton: A Hero Lost

Community Mourns Orlando Police Officer Lt. Debra Clayton

by Karen V. Contino

Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton leaves a legacy of bravery, community activism and a smile that could transcend barriers.

“She was a role model for so many and a mother figure to some of the young girls, who would turn to Debra for advice,” said Orlando Police Chief John Mina at Clayton’s funeral service, where he posthumously promoted her from the rank of master sergeant to lieutenant. “And who wouldn’t be put at ease when faced with Debra’s infectious smile? I’ve heard from many kids this week that when Debra smiled, no matter what you were feeling about law enforcement, you had to smile back. Debra knew that something as simple as a smile could lead to a real connection, and I’ve never known anyone better at building those bonds.”

Farewell Arnie

Our friend and legend, Arnold Palmer, died September 25, 2016. On behalf of the entire staff of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin, we are deeply saddened and wish to express our sympathies to his friends and family in their time of sorrow. Mr. Palmer was a shinning light in our community and will be truly missed. As true legends never die, his accomplishments and memory will live on forever.

Pulse Tragedy

Southwest Businesses & Residents Unite

In the early morning hours of June 12, Omar Mateen opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring 53 in a domestic terrorism attack that resulted in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. In the days and weeks that followed, the Orlando community banded together in an outpouring of love and support. The Southwest community has been no exception. From fundraisers to blood donations …

In Memory of … Brian “Mr. B” Burton

Gone Too Soon But Never Forgotten

by Blair Parke

Most students at Lake Whitney Elementary School in Winter Garden did not feel as if their day had started unless they were high-fived by physical education teacher Brian Burton, lovingly called “Mr. B” by teachers, parents and students alike. He was the smile to brighten their days, the comforting shoulder to cry on, and the childlike jokester who regularly pranked school counselor Tambi Durham more times than she can count.

So it was a shock to all when the school was notified that

Ian Supra

He Touched the Hearts of a Community by John Magrino, Dr. Phillips High School athletic director & Natalie Nickson, Dr. Phillips High School swimming coach The news of Ian Supra’s Ian Supra touched the hearts of a community and affected many people in Dr. Phillips and beyond. Natalie Nickson: “There is an emptiness in my heart …” . Ian…