December 19, 2014

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Plaque honors fallen Lodi police captain

More than 36 years have passed since Lodi police Capt. Carl Summers was killed in the line of duty. His brother, David, said he hopes a plaque in Lodi Central Park will keep his memory alive.

Summers presented the 24-by-22-inch solid brass plaque to the village at Monday’s Village Council meeting and said he will call today to schedule a date to install it in the village center. The plaque will be mounted on the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial below the statue of an eagle and will face the Police Department.

David Summers, of Lodi, holds a brass plaque that honors his brother, fallen police Capt. Carl E. Summers who was injured in the line of duty Dec. 5, 1977 and later died. The plague was presented to the village on Monday evening and will be mounted in Lodi Central Park. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY DAN POMPILI)

The plaque reads: “Dedicated in memory of / Carl E. Summers / Lodi Police Department / Jan. 1, 1946 – Dec. 10, 1977 / Killed in the line of duty / “No one man could of ever done more.’ ”

It bears a laser-printed black-and-white image of Summers in between the Lodi police emblem and an image of Summers’ badge.

The plaque cost $2,100 and was bought with the proceeds from a memorial bike ride Summers put on in May.

Carl Summers critically was injured Dec. 5, 1977, when a man hit him with a stolen pickup at about 75 mph while trying to elude police. Summers died five days later of his injuries.

David Summers was 18 when his brother was killed in front of the house he now lives in with his wife.

The home at 8223 Avon Lake Road belonged to David Summers’ wife’s parents at the time. A memorial plaque hangs from a post in the front yard there, but Summers has been working with the village to make sure the deceased police captain is remembered in his hometown.

“I made a promise to keep his name going and I’m gonna do that,” he said. “I’ll be proud to put it in the park. That way, everyone who comes through that town can see what a good guy he was.”

Summers said Ashland Monument Co. gave him a deal on the plaque because his brother was a police officer.

He said he also was grateful to everyone who participated in the bike ride, including Moxies Restaurant and Old Rt. 42 Diner, which both contributed more than $800 from special promotions they ran that day. The diner offered dinners for $6.06, a nod to Carl Summers’ badge number.

Summers also has worked with the Police Department to put Carl Summers memorial ID plates on the back of all police cruisers, and officers now wear black mourning bands over their badges on Dec. 10, the day Carl Summers died.

The new plaque should be installed within the next week or so, David Summers said.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.