Hamburger benefit

A long line formed waiting to get hamburger lunches Monday that proceeds raised benefited Lt. Dale Summers and his family.


Small town love shown through Monday afternoon as many community members gathered to raise money for the late Dale Summers.

Summers was a lieutenant for the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and served 49 years in law enforcement. He lost his battle to cholangiocarcinoma on Thursday. 

A hamburger benefit was scheduled a few weeks ago to help with Summers’ medical costs. Businesses and volunteers teamed up to help Summers and his family in any way they could. 

The benefit lasted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Cassity Jones. During that time over 1,200 hamburgers were sold at $7 a plate. 

More than $8,000 was raised during the benefit and donations are still being accepted at the Henderson Area Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s nice to see a community come out for an event like this to help a family in need,” said Sheriff Jeff Price. “More so for an officer who dedicated majority of his life to serving, helping and protecting the citizens. He spent a lot of his career in Rusk County so it was great to see a community turn out like they did. It is nice to live in a community that supports each other like they did Monday.” 

Helping with the benefit was, Henderson Citizen Police Academy Alumni, Henderson Fire Department, Angel Care Hospice, Autumn Leaves Nursing and Rehab, Bar None Cowboy Church, Bryan & Bryan Asphalt, Dairy Queen, Happy at Home Health Care, Herschel’s Restaurant, Enloe Custom Homes and General Contractor, McNew’s Produce, Sandy McMurray, Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery, Sonic South, Taylor’s Meat Market & Grub Shack, UT Health-Henderson and Whataburger. Along with many more volunteers. 

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