Law enforcement community remembers Warren’s Sommers

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 9, 2016

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WARREN/CENTER LINE — When it came time to honor a fallen officer or to collectively remember those who fell in the line of duty, Kevin Sommers was there.

After Sommers died on New Year’s Day following complications from emergency surgery, it was fitting that more than 100 fellow law enforcement officers and police officials from across the region, along with national Fraternal Order of Police representatives, came to honor him on Jan. 6 during a memorial service at Warren’s St. Dorothy Catholic Church and a funeral procession to Center Line’s St. Clement Cemetery.

Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said Sommers became the go-to guy when it came time to honor fallen law enforcement officers after he took the lead following the tragic shooting death of Warren Police Detective Sgt. Christopher Wouters in October 2000.

“When Chris died, he (Sommers) ran that funeral,” Green said. “Throughout the region, where there was a death in another department, they would call on him to help coordinate things for them.”

Sommers served proudly as a member of the Warren Police Department’s Honor Guard, whose members served as pallbearers as he was taken to his final resting place.

Green said Sommers retired in 2011 as a lieutenant who oversaw the department’s emergency services, assigned to the administrative office, after 28 years of service. During his career in Warren, Sommers had spent time as a patrol officer and sergeant. He also worked in the detective bureau and was active in the department’s community policing unit.

Sommers was sworn in as the chief of police in Memphis, Michigan, in August 2015. The Memphis Police Department issued a statement, accompanied by a prayer, announcing Sommers’ death on Jan. 1, indicating that the department’s sworn officers and staff  “expresses our sympathy on his tragic death.”

“He was an honest and dedicated public administrator with true dedication for his duties and his service to the citizens of the city of Memphis,” the statement said.

Police from Memphis, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Lansing, Ingham County and other communities joined the Warren Police Department for the procession.

Sommers represented the Fraternal Order of Police for 30 years as a local lodge president, state lodge president and national trustee.   

Born and raised in Warren, he was a 1977 graduate of Lincoln High School. 

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to MI Cops, P.O. Box 508, DeWitt, MI 48820-0508, or through www.MICops.org.

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