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.