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Vern Hunter, founder of Hunter's Ambulance in Meriden, talks about the company's 50 year history, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal)
Vern Hunter, founder of Hunter's Ambulance in Meriden, stands next to a 1953 Cadillac ambulance currently being restored for the company's 50th celebration, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.  (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal) Vern and Barbara Hunter and their first limousine in the 1960's. Hunter's Ambulance is celebrating 50 years of service to the community. (Courtesy Hunter's Ambulance)

Hunter’s Ambulance founder dies Sunday at 82


MERIDEN — Vern A. Hunter, founder of the local Hunter’s Ambulance service, died Sunday. He was 82.

Vern served as chairman of the board of directors for the ambulance service, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

At an event to commemorate the milestone, then-Mayor Michael S. Rohde declared Sept. 22, 2013 as Vern Hunter, Hunter’s Ambulance Day in the city.

Though based in Meriden, Hunter’s Ambulance also has operations in Berlin, New London, Middletown, and Yalesville. The company o pened a full-service ambulance operation in Old Saybrook almost a year ago, and in all employs 450 people and has 150 vehicles on the road.



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