Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will deliver her annual State of the County Address Friday morning on International drive and while the address will feature the usual review of progress made over the past year, the event will also remembers lives lost during the Pulse shooting and the two fallen officers how lost their lives at the beginning of the year.
The County previews the address saying “Part of Mayor Jacobs’ address will be dedicated to a poignant remembrance of the 49 lives lost in the Pulse tragedy, the heartbreaking loss of two law enforcement officers earlier this year and how the region’s culture of collaboration, compassion and confidence continues to be a beacon of light, hope and unity worldwide.
Last June, a shooter entered the Pulse Nightclub and murdered 49 people before being killed by law enforcement. In January, the community lost OPD Lieutenant Debra Clayton, who was allegedly killed by Markeith Loyd when approached about his involvement in the death of Sade Dixon, who was also pregnant. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy, Norm Lewis was killed during the manhunt for Loyd.
County Officials add that after the address “To remember those lost, the audience will be asked to join Mayor Jacobs immediately following the end of her State of the County address on the I-Drive 360 Courtyard to take part in a worldwide, hand-to-hand peace movement known as “#letsAllconnect.”
Elected officials and community leaders from all over the region are expected to attend, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who worked with Jacobs to lead the area through both tragedies.
The event is free and open to the public.