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Orlando Police Department

Slain Orlando sergeant remembered for serving her community

An Orlando police sergeant who was gunned down was remembered Saturday at her funeral service as someone who put everyone at ease with her infectious smile and made every effort to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community it served.

Sgt. Debra Clayton read books to children at elementary schools, would clean the homes of elderly residents and was a motherly figure to young people lacking parental guidance, said Orlando Police Chief John Mina and U.S. Rep. Val Demings, a former Orlando police chief.

"She was forever using her resources and others' too, anyone else she could bring along, to help somebody else," said Demings, who promoted Clayton to...