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 Meriden, Connecticut - They say the third time is the charm, and it was. After two prior attempts, postponed because of rain, the Sergeant Jeffrey Boucher Auto, Bike and Truck Show finally took place on Sunday, September 18, 2011. The Fundraiser started at 10:00 a.m. and ran well after its 3:00 p.m. scheduled closing time. “The weather was beautiful today” said Del Cornell, owner of a beautiful Black 1958 Ford Connecticut State Police Car that he had displayed at the show. Owners of many different types of antique and special interest vehicles attended including many of the Northeast Vintage Police Car Association’s police vehicles.

With a live band providing the music in the background, a thunderous roar erupted from the Meriden Hub as car engines revved up in the “Burn-out” competition while the competitors tried to out best each other with massive clouds of blue tire smoke.

Meriden's Mobile Command Center, a 2006 Farber-built Specialty Command Vehicle, was again in attendance for the public’s inspection. The Hi-Tech vehicle supports sophisticated computers, communications, and state of the art surveillance technology. The annual event offered trophies in several categories, along with food, raffles, a bounce house and slide for the kids.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Jeffrey S. Boucher Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

Sergeant Jeffrey Boucher was 26 and a Meriden police officer for only four short years. Early on Saturday morning, September 6, 2006, Sergeant Boucher was killed in a car accident in Southington, Connecticut. Friends of Sergeant Boucher told us: "He was known for his smile. He always had a smile on his face.  He was a great guy, someone who was a motivator and inspired people.” Jeff served in the Marines, was a Meriden DARE officer, a member of the SWAT team, a member of the Honor Guard, and worked on various committees in the police department.


The Sgt. Jeffrey S. Boucher

Memorial Scholarship Fund



September 18, 2011



 Linda Carabetta, Jeff's mom, poses with some of the members of the Northeast Vintage Police Car Association.

Del Cornell's 1958 Ford Custom Connecticut State Police vehicle.

Trooper Lenny Widener brought the Connecticut State Police owned 1988 Ford LTD Crown Victoria to the show. This car is dedicated to the memory of Trooper Kenneth Hall who was killed while on duty September 2, 2010.

Rich Kovach's 1964 Ford Country Sedan Police Emergency Wagon.

Ted Stockmon's 1989 Plymouth Gran Fury North Haven Connecticut Police Cruiser...and yes, that is Paul Blart (Kevin James) a mild-mannered, dutiful family man who works as a security guard in a New Jersey mall sitting in the passenger seat. Well, a reasonable facsimile of him anyway.




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