BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) – This holiday season, the lights, and the carols seem to have a different meaning in Bristol after the town lost two of its beloved police officers in October.
The officers were killed after they responded to what they thought was a 911 call for help. Bristol has been lighting the city up blue to honor the lives of the fallen officers ever since.
The city of Bristol held a tree lighting ceremony Thursday night where they honored the lives of Lt. Demonte and Sgt. Hamzy by lighting the tree blue. The Bristol community has been there for the families of the fallen officers, for the police, and for each other.
The families of Lt. Demonte and Sgt. Hamzy attended the event alongside the Bristol community.
The event was held at Page Park and is the first-holiday event the city has held in several years due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Officers stood at attention and lined the walkway while the wives of Lt. Demonte and Sgt. Hamzy walked into the tree lighting ceremony. Attendees also chanted “Bristol Strong!,” during the event.
Mona Heidel the mother of Lt. Demonte who was at the ceremony shared a few words with News 8.
“It’s just gorgeous, Dustin would be so happy you know, that everybody is supporting him and Alex and Alec Iurato… Just driving here tonight and seeing all of the blue lights I want to commend Bristol for really supporting well what happened. The Bristol police have been phenomenal to our family,” Heidel said.
“Tonight is kind of the hope, and the lights will be a nice shining example for everybody, to come together and we just wanna move forward with that positive look forward into the holiday in the new year,” Caggiano said.