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Chief of Police Riley Scott Sumner

Chelsea Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, April 13, 2006

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Reflections for Chief of Police Riley Scott Sumner


16 years ago today was the day that everyone’s life changed in a split second. We are reminded daily of your accomplishments and your friendship. I wonder how things would be today if you were still with us, my guess would be a much better place. You are truly missed.

Cpl. R. Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office

April 13, 2022

Rest in peace Chief of Police Sumner.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 3, 2022


It has been 15 years since you passed, how things have changed. You were a devoted son and brother. You were also a Loving husband and father, and a loyal brother-in-law. You were a trusted officer and partner. Most of all your were my best friend, and my family and I miss you very much. Keep looking down on us like you have over the last 15 years.

Cpl. Richard Boham. Retired

April 13, 2021


Another year has passed. We are in a different place in our lives right now, and the new way of life is sure a challenge. So it’s nice to take a pause and reflect on the past and remember the special people that we have lost. You are still in our thoughts, and we continue to think about you every day. As we continue to fight the fight watch over us and protect us as you did before you were taken from us. We miss you Jocko!

Cpl. R. Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office

April 13, 2020


13 years have passed and the day has come again. We still talk about you all of the time, and laugh about our "Jocko" stories. You are still missed by everyone, and I wish you were still around. A huge hole was left when you passed, I wish you could see how great your boys are growing up to men just like their dad. You would be so proud. Take care, god bless, and watch over us like we all know that you do.

Cpl. Richard Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office

April 13, 2019

12 years, feels like yesterday sometimes. You were like a brother to me, a brother I always wanted and so glad I never had and I miss you!
You were a hoot to work along side.
I remember your sons first haircut, you sitting beside him. Loving Amy so completely, always wanting to make her happy. The boys, your finest achievement.
Miss you my friend.


April 13, 2018

Scott, It has been 12 years. I wish you could be here to see how amazing your son's are, and how they have grown and matured. You would be a very proud father, and make sure that everyone knew that those were you boys. My family and I still talk about you all the time, and laugh about all of our road trips and adventures. We miss you very much.

Cpl. R Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

April 13, 2018

Jocko, another year has passed. I have had several people ask me if I remember what took place today, and I responded with " We lost a good friend 11 years ago today". I am not amazed that people still think of you, and still talk about all of the memories they have of you. Just know that you are still on everyone's mind, and your are missed by many.

Cpl. R. Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

April 13, 2017

Jocko, 10 years has passed since you left us. It's hard to believe it's been that long, And I still think about you all the time. Just the other day you were the topic of conversation, and everyone involved had some kind of story, or road trip memory. Keep watching out for us, and know that we all think of you every day.

Cpl. R. Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

April 13, 2016

Jocko. What can I say it has been 9 years now, and it is still hard to believe that you are gone. I wonder all the time what it would be like if you were still around, instead of how things are now. Hit them straight and long, and no gimmes or mulligans. Rest in peace, we will see each other again.

Cpl. R Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

April 13, 2015

Jocko. it has been 8 years since you have passed, not a day goes by that I don't think about you or some of the things we did as friends. I wish you were still around, your boy's are growing up to be fine young men. You would be proud! Rest in peace my friend.

Cpl. R Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

April 13, 2014

Its Hard to believe that Jocko has been gone for seven years, I remember giving his final call over the radio and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. Today thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. You are missed my friend

Cpl. Joe LaFerier
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

April 13, 2013

Jocko, It has been seven years since you passed. It still seems strange that you are not around, and everyday someone or somethng always seems to remind me of you. Say Hi to Joe, I am sure you guys are making up for lost time. Keep watching over us, I know you do.

Cpl. R.G. Boham (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

April 13, 2013

Jocko, I can't believe that you have been gone six years. I think of you every day. I will never forget the radio traffic I heard that day, nor will I ever forget you.

Detective Thomas Tanner (retired)
Ann Arbor Police Department

April 14, 2012

Another year has passed, its been six years since you left us. The kids, Deb and I still think of you all the time. I wish you were still around, it is still tough to this day to think about. keep watching over us, we know you do.

R.G Boham Corpral (retired)
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

April 13, 2012

Jocko - 5 years later, you are still sorely missed. I remember getting the call and the devastation I felt. The world isn't the same buddy, it just isn't the same.

Tracy Mercy

April 13, 2011

It has been five years since you have passed, and not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Amy and the boys are doing well, and you should be a proud father. I wish you could see what fine young men Riley and Mitchell are turning out to be, they are sure following in your footsteps. Take care my friend, and we will see each other again. Until then keep looking down on all of us, and know that we all miss you very much.
Your friend R.G.B.

Richard Boham
Washtenaw County Sheriff Office, friend

April 13, 2011

Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement, you have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

April 13, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 13, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the third anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I hold your family in my thoughts and prayers today. You are loved and missed by so many.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 13, 2009

To Chief Riley Scott Summer, his family and his fellow officers with the Chelsea Police Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Chief Summer’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Chief Summer and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

April 13, 2009

It is difficult even now several years later to put into words how I feel. I was on vacation when I heard of the trajic event. It was the worst death notification I have ever made when I told my father, before we came home. I will always temper my letter of the law, with the small town common sense when ever possible. Thank you for your leadership and everything you've done for me and my family. Your beautiful family will always be a priority.

I miss you.

S. R. Sumner

September 9, 2008

Rest in Peace fellow brother in blue

Police Officer

June 29, 2008

WWJD always had a special meaning for me... "What Would Jocko Do?" I asked myself that question many times during my first few years on the job. When I found that I had no idea what I was doing, and was flying by the seat of my pants, I asked myself "What would Jocko do?" and it always seemed to lead me to a damn good solution. I credit your influence for getting me out of more than a few jams!

I can't believe that it's been two years already. Time seems to pass more quickly the older I get. I think of you and Amy and the boys often. I have a son of my own now. He's 10 months old. His name is Murphy Charles-Jocko Stitt. That's a huge name to live up to. I'll work real hard to make sure that he does.

I still feel very cheated, having you taken away so soon, but that's selfish of me. Amy, Riley and Mitchell have suffered an enormous loss. I can't imagine a boy having a better father than you.

I wouldn't be the man that I am now without having known you. You were what being a cop is all about.

I miss you my friend,
K.C. Stitt

Officer K.C. Stitt
Lansing Police - friend

April 13, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice CHIEF SUMNER. You are a hero to us all and will never be forgotten.GOD bless your family and friends


February 6, 2008

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