Community Responds to Tragedy with Outpouring of Love and Respect

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The community responded with a beautiful showing of love and respect for the two Bristol police officers killed in the line of duty. The lines were miles long and police cruisers from every corner of the state participated in the service.

In addition, thousands of people came out on the street to honor these brave men.
Tunnel to Towers Foundation founder and CEO, Frank Siller, called Laura DeMonte, wife of
fallen Bristol Police Sgt. (Lt.) Dustin DeMonte, to let her know that the family’s home mortgage will be paid in full.

In addition to his wife, Sgt. DeMonte leaves two young children and a new baby coming soon.
Frank Siller and Lauren DeMonte spoke at length for about an hour during their phone call, and it’s nice to know something good has come out of something so horrible.
Thomaston Savings Banks are accepting donations. Go to any branch and mention the Bristol Police Hero’s Fund.

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Funeral services for Sgt. (Lt.) DeMonte and Officer (Sgt.) Alex Hamzy were held at Pratt &
Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Friday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.

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Two fundraisers have been organized to support the families of Lt. DeMonte and Sgt.

Hamzy: One is FundtheFirst.com. As of Thursday, October 20, $373,830 has been raised toward a goal of $400,000.

The Bristol Police Union has also set up a Bristol Police Heroes Fund with Thomaston Savings Bank. To make a donation to the fund set up at Thomaston
Savings Bank visit any branch or use this link: https://lbcbristol.org/heroes.

There is also a secure collection box at the Bristol PD.

Small Town Publishing Inc., on behalf of The Plymouth Connection Newspaper, will be donating 20% of all sales for November, December, and January in The Plymouth Connection Newspaper directly to the families of the three officers.

Individuals who are interested in purchasing a block ad with a customized message can also do so in order to participate in the fundraiser. Monetary donations are also being accepted. Please email smalltownpublishingllc@gmail.com or call (203)273-8419 for more information.

On Wednesday October 12, Sgt. DeMonte and Officer Hamzy, assigned to the Patrol
Division, were on duty when they were shot and killed responding to a domestic disturbance call in Bristol by a suspect lying in wait.
Sgt. DeMonte was a 10-year veteran of the Bristol Police Department. Officer Hamzy wasan 8-year veteran of the department

The Bristol Police Department would like to announce the posthumous promotion of
both men as follows:

Sgt. DeMonte has been posthumously promoted to the rank of lieutenant.
Officer Hamzy has been posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant.

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