Bridge named in honor of a local man

By Lisa Capobianco

Staff Writer

The town unveiled a sign named in honor of Southington resident John Dolan, who served in the Connecticut State Police for 12 years.

The Route 10 bridge over Interstate 84 eastbound is now called the “John A. Dolan Memorial Bridge” in his honor, according to a press release from the Connecticut General Assembly House of Democrats. House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz, who represents Southington in the Connecticut General Assembly, said in the release that legislation was enacted earlier this year after Dolan’s friend, John DeMello, made a suggestion to honor the former officer and war veteran.

“He was like a brother,” DeMello said. “He was obsolete—there was no one like him.”

John Dolan, a Southington resident, lost his battle with melanoma at the age of 36 in 2002. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of Operation Desert Storm and a commissioned Captain with the U.S. Army Reserve. He also served in the Meriden Police Department before serving the state police department.

Calling Dolan a fun-loving and well-respected individual in the community, DeMello said having the bridge named after his friend means a lot to everyone.

“He dedicated himself to the community,” DeMello said. “He impacted so many people in the way he treated them.”

Jimmy, Dolan’s brother, said having the signed named in honor of his brother means a lot to him.

“It is thrilling—after all of these years, he will forever be remembered,” Dolan said. “He loved everyone.”

Submitted John DeMello, left, and Rep. Joe Aresimowicz at the American Legion Post 72 for the unveiling of a sign naming a local bridge in honor of John Dolan.

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John DeMello, left, and Rep. Joe Aresimowicz at the American Legion Post 72 for the unveiling of a sign naming a local bridge in honor of John Dolan.

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