BRISTOL, Conn. (WWLP) – The grief-stricken Bristol community came together Wednesday as they deal with a tragedy that has claimed the lives of two of its’ police officers.
Countless mourners paid their respects to Sgt. Alex Hamzy at the Lyceum in Terryville, Connecticut, honoring the life of a loving son, brother, husband, and friend to so many.
“It’s important that we support our local police departments whether you knew these people or not. I think its just important that people just come together,” said Ann Marie Rheault of Terryville.
Sgt. Hamzy was 34-years-old when he and 35-year-old Lt. Dustin Demonte were killed in the line of duty last Wednesday. The officers were responding to a domestic violence incident between two siblings when gunfire broke out, killing both Hamzy and Demonte, and wounding Officer Alec Iurato. That incident-rattled the community of Bristol and reminding people of the dangers first responders face while out on duty.
“The vast majority of them leave their house everyday, they are husbands, wives, brothers, sisters… and they don’t know if they are coming home at the end of the day. They put their vest on, they put their uniform on, and they do the best job that they can and a lot of people don’t support them and I think that they should support them,” said Rheault.
In the wake of tragedy, the outpouring of support for Sgt. Hamzy, Lt Demonte and their families continues to grow. As the Bristol community now tries to pick up the pieces.
“Hug your loved ones and appreciate what you have and don’t worry about the small things in life and the small problems that you have because life is precious,” said Jennifer DeForest of Terryville.
Dustin DeMonte was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant, and Alex Hamzy was promoted from Officer to Sergeant.
Officer Alex Hamzy was a Bristol native, where he attended Bristol Eastern High School and had been serving the Bristol Police Department since 2014. He was described as a “highly respected,” and “exceptional” officer by Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould.
Hamzy also served as a longtime advisor for the Bristol Police Explorer Cadet Program and was described to have a passion for teaching young adults how to serve their community. Hamzy had a love for cars, physical fitness, and was a was a lifelong Yankees and Patriots fan.
Officer Hamzy was 34-years-old when he and 35-year-old Sgt. Dustin Demonte were killed in the line of duty last Wednesday, after responding to a domestic violence incident between two siblings. Gunfire broke out when they arrived, killing Hamzy and Demonte and wounding Officer Alec Lurato.
Connecticut Police are investigating the shooting, saying it appears to be a deliberate act to lure the officers.
Both Hamzy and Demonte’s funeral will be held this Friday at 11 a.m. at Rentschler Field, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, any donations are asked to go to the Officer Alex Hamzy Memorial Fund.
Sergeant Dustin Demonte began working at the Bristol Police Department in 2012 and has worked in the Patrol Division as well as the School Resource Officer for Greene Hills School. Demonte has received several awards including the Silver Star award. Sgt. Demonte is survived by his wife, two children, and one child on the way.
Officer Alex Hamzy started at the Bristol Police Department in 2014 and worked in the Patrol Division. He was raised in Bristol and graduated from Bristol Eastern High School in 2006. He is survived by his wife, parents and two sisters.