By SHERIDAN CYR
Southington police held a special ceremony last Wednesday to rename the West Street bridge that spans I-84 near Executive Boulevard in memory of the late Southington detective, Bruce Boislard. On May 2, a group of family, friends, police officers, and town officials gathered at police headquarters on Lazy Lane to make it official.
“Bruce was a quiet leader, and he led by example,” said Chief Daly. “He was taken way too young, and didn’t get to enjoy life after police work.”
Detective Boislard proudly served the Town of Southington for 25 years. He passed away in 2007 after a valiant fight against cancer at the age of 52.
Boislard was born in Biddeford, Maine, but he moved to Southington at a young age. His commitment to the community led him to join the police force, and he moved up the ranks from patrolman to detective.
During his tenure with the Southington Police Department, Boislard served on the Statewide Narcotics Task Force and was a member of the Hartford Drug Enforcement Agency.
At the ceremony, a number of people talked about Boislard’s commitment to the community and his legacy in the town which led to the renaming of the bridge. Deputy Police Chief William Palmieri, Police Chief Jack Daly, Town Manager Mark Sciota, Town Councilor and reverend Victoria Triano spoke about Boislard’s legacy, along with his close friend John DiMello, a retired Cheshire police officer.
“Bruce was one of the best investigators ever,” said Palmieri. “He worked night and day to bring bad guys to justice.”
DiMello called the detective “a cop’s cop,” and a dedicated, loyal officer. He thanked all who helped bring the project to life, including State Sen. Joe Markley (R-16), State Rep. Rob Sampson (R-81) and State Rep. John Fusco (R-80) for their part in passing the bill in the state legislature to allow for the bridge to be named.
Police showed the plaque that will be mounted on the bridge. The overpass is officially renamed as the Bruce Boislard Memorial Bridge.
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