SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Communities joined forces on Friday night for a special concert to benefit the families of the two fallen Bristol police officers.
The concert, dubbed “Back the Blue,” took place at the Cadillac Ranch on Jude Lane in Southington. Country musician Jordan Oaks, who has a special connection to police, performed.
“I was a cadet at a young age, I have seen what they do,” Oaks said. “I went on ride alongs and saw the experiences that they go through. and we’re talking about their deaths, and we’re celebrating their life. They did their service and their duty, and we’re here just to let them know we have to come together.”
All proceeds from the show benefitted the Bristol Police Department, honoring Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy. Both officers were shot to death earlier this month while responding to a call.
Oaks performed his song “He Bleeds Blue,” which is about a wife ironing her husband’s uniform before he leaves for work. At the end of the song, she irons it again — but for his funeral.
He hopes that the song touches the 70 Bristol officers and their families who attended the concert.
Oaks was enrolled at Central Connecticut State University for a law enforcement degree. Then, his career in country music took off.
Although he is not currently an officer, he has a cousin on the force.
“It really hit home,” he said. “We were in Florida when it happened, and I got a call and looked at the news, and I saw two Bristol PD officers lost their lives, and I think it is important that people really understand, and hopefully this is that time when people sit down. I think about they’re out there. They don’t have to do their jobs, but they do it to protect us and keep us safe.”