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'He was tough, but fair' Bridge dedicated to trooper slain in infamous Oklahoma shootout

'He was tough, but fair' Bridge dedicated to trooper slain in infamous Oklahoma shootout

Enid News & Eagle
Mitchell Willetts  
Nov 17, 2018

ENID, Okla. — Houston F. "Pappy" Summers is a name already known to many in the Enid area, though the trooper lost his life in the line of duty just more than 40 years ago.

Friday morning, Oklahoma Highway Patrol helped ensure his name willo live on, erecting a road sign in Summers' honor on a bridge along U.S. 412.

The bridge is just west of Enid on U.S. 412, about a half mile past Imo Road. It's a bridge Summers must have crossed countless times on the job, retired OHP Lt. W.C. "Bill" Smith said, and now it's named for him.

"I'm convinced that 75 percent of the people coming down this road are going to know who Trooper 'Pappy' Summers was ... he's a legend up here," Smith said. "His death was a tragedy and people have not forgotten it, they have not forgotten the sacrifice that he made." FULL ARTICLE

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