Almost 36 years ago, Lodi police Capt. Carl “Smokey” Summers was killed in the line of duty at age 30.
On Sunday, the community will gather to honor him and to raise money for a memorial in Lodi’s Central Park.
“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” said Carl Summer’s brother, Dave Summers, 54, who’s organizing the event.
Summers said the main event Sunday will be a police-escorted motorcycle run, starting 1 p.m. at Century Harley-Davidson, 3053 Eastpointe Drive, Medina Township. The procession will end at the cemetery in Lodi where Carl Summers is buried.
Carl Summers died Dec. 10, 1977 — five days after he was hit by a stolen pickup while on duty. The driver was among three men suspected of stealing vehicles in Wayne County.
Dave Summers said he got the idea for the memorial motorcycle run from a similar event held for Josh Miktarian, a Twinsburg officer who was killed in 2008.
“I just thought, ‘This is it,’ ” Summers said. “I’m going to do this for my brother if it’s the last thing I do.”
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and costs $10 per rider and $5 per passenger to join. Refreshments will be provided.
In Lodi, two restaurants are participating in the fundraising.
Old Route 42 Diner, 810 Bank St., will donate all proceeds between 2 and 6 p.m. to the fund. The diner normally is open until 2 p.m. Sundays.
Rod Nedley, who runs the diner with his wife, Gina, said all orders during that time will cost $6.06, in memory of the captain’s badge number: 606.
“It’s about doing the right thing, especially for a cause like this,” Nedley said. “Every day, those guys are out there putting their lives on the line. Unfortunately, Carl lost his, so we should honor that.”
Another restaurant, Moxies Grille, 700 Medina St., will donate 10 percent of the day’s proceeds. Moxies normally is closed Sundays but will be open for this event.
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