EAST HARTFORD, Conn (WTNH) — As many as 50,000 people are expected to attend the joint funeral for two Bristol police officers who died in the line of duty last week.

The funeral for Sgt. Dustin DeMonte, 35, and Officer Alex Hamzy, 34, will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Rentschler Field on Silver Lane in East Hartford. Bristol schools will be closed Friday in observance of the funeral.

Calling hours for Hamzy will be on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Lyceum Banquet Hall at 181 Main St. in Terryville. Parking will be available at the Terryville Fairgrounds, along with a shuttle. Route 6 in the area of Lyceum Banquet Hall will be closed to all traffic.

Plymouth Public School students will have an early release Wednesday due to “significant bus delays” because of Main Street’s closure, and because buses will be used to transport the public for Hamzy’s calling hours, Superintendent Brian Falcone said.

private wake for DeMonte will take place Thursday, Oct. 20, at the North Haven Funeral Home.

Those who want to attend the funeral in East Hartford are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m. Parking is available on-site.

Rentschler Field holds about 40,000 people, but seating will also be on the field. While the stadium has hosted police funerals, East Hartford Mayor Michael Walsh said this time feels different.

“This is unique in that it was a double on-duty fatality, that’s extremely rare,” he said. “We’ve had other officers from East Hartford, Officer Brian Aselton to Officer Lavery in Newington. And those were certainly tragic, and this even doubly so with respect to Bristol. So I expect a large contingent.”

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DeMonte and Hamzy were shot and killed while responding to a 911 call about a possible domestic violence situation between two brothers. Officer Alec Iurato, 26, was wounded.

Iurato is expected to attend the funeral, along with family and friends of the fallen officers and members of law enforcement from across the country.

“He’ll absolutely be here,” Bristol police officer Conor Hogan said of Iurato. “He’s doing well. He’s getting around.”

Honor guards from state police, Bristol police, and the Bristol Fire Department are expected to be on the field. News 8 has also learned that Bristol police officers will serve as pallbearers, carrying the coffins of their fellow brothers in blue.

“Every person that’s on these two teams has some sort of special relationship to these two guys so that the family knows that they’re being carried by trustworthy people, and they get the respect that they deserve,” Hogan said.

The Bristol PBA organized a fundraiser to benefit the families of Hamzy and DeMonte. Anyone interested in donating can click here. The Bristol Police Union and Bristol Police Commissioners created the Bristol Police Heroes Fund to help their families. Click here to donate.