BRISTOL, Conn. (WPRI) — Tens of thousands of people were in Bristol, Connecticut, Friday morning to say goodbye to two police officers who died in the line of duty.
Lt. Dustin DeMonte, 35, and Sgt. Alex Hamzy, 34, were shot and killed last week while responding to a 911 call about a possible domestic violence situation between two brothers.
Officer Alec Iurato, 26, was wounded during the incident. He attended the joint funeral along with family and friends of the fallen officers and members of law enforcement.
Hundreds of people paid their respects to Hamzy at his public wake on Wednesday. A private wake for DeMonte was held on Thursday.
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The funeral began at Rentschler Field on Silver Lane in East Hartford. Schools in town were closed in observance of the funeral.
Major highways in the state were shut down Friday morning for the processions of the two officers.
Honor guards from state police, Bristol police, and the Bristol Fire Department were on the field. Bristol police officers served as pallbearers, carrying the coffins of their brothers in blue.
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DeMonte joined the Bristol Police Department in 2012. He worked in the patrol division and was also a school resource officer. He is survived by his wife and two children, and had one child on the way.
Hamzy was raised in Bristol and joined the police department in 2014. He also worked in the patrol division. He is survived by his wife and parents.
The Bristol Police Department announced it posthumously promoted both officers. DeMonte was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant and Hamzy was promoted from officer to sergeant.
Photos: Funeral for slain Bristol police officers