April 20, 2014

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Fallen officer honored today

Police officers countywide will wear black mourning bands over their badges today to honor Lodi police Capt. Carl E. Summers who was killed in the line of duty 36 years ago.

With the approval of Gov. John Kasich, flags in Lodi will be lowered to half-mast today and every year on the anniversary of Summers’ death.

Summers was critically 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.

Since then, his brother, David Summers, of Lodi, has worked to honor his brother’s memory.

A memorial bike run in May raised more than $2,000 that David Summers used to put a memorial plaque in the village center on the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial facing the police station. A similar plaque also hangs in the lobby of the police station.

Lodi police cruisers also bear a memorial license plate in Carl Summers’ honor.

“I just want to thank Chief Keith Keough and Lodi,” Summers said. “They have bent over backwards to help me do anything I’ve ever asked for to honor my brother.”

— from staff reports