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Bristol remembers 2 officers, a year after deadly police ambush

Amy Lee Wish leans on fellow Bristol Police Dispatcher Amber Vargas at a candlelight vigil that was held in front of the Bristol Police headquarters on October 12, 2023 in remembrance of Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy - who were killed in what police describe as an ambush one year ago.
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Amy Lee Wish leans on fellow Bristol Police Dispatcher Amber Vargas at a candlelight vigil that was held in front of the Bristol Police headquarters on October 12, 2023 in remembrance of Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy - who were killed in what police describe as an ambush one year ago.

Bristol held a candlelight vigil Thursday to remember Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy.

The officers were killed in an ambush shooting one year ago, while responding to a domestic incident.

The ceremony began with the Bristol Police Department and their families walking out of police headquarters to cheers of thanks from the crowd gathered in the street.

Chief Brian Gould spoke of DeMonte’s and Hamzy’s dedication and sacrifice.

Bristol Police Chief, Brian Gould, speaks at a candlelight vigil being held in front of the Bristol Police headquarters on October 12, 2023 in remembrance of Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy - who were killed in what police describe as an ambush one year ago.
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Bristol Police Chief, Brian Gould, speaks at a candlelight vigil being held in front of the Bristol Police headquarters on October 12, 2023 in remembrance of Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy - who were killed in what police describe as an ambush one year ago.

“It's not how they died that made them heroes. It's how they lived,” he said.

He added that Demonte’s and Hamzy’s memory will “live on through ours forevermore.”

Hamzy’s sister, Donna Hamzy Carroccia, thanked the community for its support these past 12 months.

Donna Hamzy Carroccia, the sister of Sgt. Alex Hamzy, speaks at a candlelight vigil that was held in front of the Bristol Police headquarters on October 12, 2023 in remembrance of Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy - who were killed in what police describe as an ambush one year ago.
Dave Wurtzel
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Connecticut Public
Donna Hamzy Carroccia, the sister of Sgt. Alex Hamzy, speaks at a candlelight vigil that was held in front of the Bristol Police headquarters on October 12, 2023 in remembrance of Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy - who were killed in what police describe as an ambush one year ago.

“Alex would be so proud of the city and the love that you have all shown our family,” she said. “Your support has validated what he already knew to be true about this city, about this community.”

Officers from departments across the state, including Old Saybrook, Hartford and Shelton, were sprinkled throughout the crowd.

A massive American flag hung from a fire ladder and photos from the deceased officers' lives played on monitors, as the crowd stood shoulder-to-shoulder holding flickering candles.

A third officer, Alec Iurato, was also injured in the attack but he was able to fatally shoot the gunman, Nicholas Brutcher.

The state’s Inspector General has yet to release a final report on the incident.

Jennifer Ahrens is a producer for Morning Edition. She spent 20+ years producing TV shows for CNN and ESPN. She joined Connecticut Public Media because it lets her report on her two passions, nature and animals.
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