BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Bristol Police Officer Alec Iurato is back on the job nearly a year after two of his colleagues were killed in an ambush.
Officer Iurato was injured the night Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy were killed.
Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano said a remembrance ceremony will be held at the spot on Oct. 12 to mark one year since the ambush. Meanwhile, a permanent memorial for Hamzy and DeMonte is in the works.
Iurato wants his return to be low-key, and is training new officers.
“He is one of the most humble,” Caggiano said, adding that “I am proud to know him.”
Iurato was able to shoot the suspected killer, Nicholas Brutcher, and has been hailed as a hero.
“I am amazing by his ability to function and to move on after such a traumatic event,” Caggiano said.
He said that the department has hired six new officers in the last year, touting that the city’s officers are the highest-paid police force in the state.