MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s been almost two months since the Bristol community was rocked by tragedy. Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy were ambushed and killed in the line of duty, and there’s been an outpouring of support since then.
While December might not be the time you typically take a dip, Milford police and members of the community will jump into the water at Walnut Beach in Milford on Saturday, Dec. 3.
They are plunging for BRRRistol to show their support for the families of the fallen officers and the Bristol community.
“Us going into the cold water for a few minutes is nothing compared to what this community and those families have to go through right now,” PFC Marilisa Anania with Milford police said.
On Oct. 12, DeMonte and Hamzy were fatally shot in the ambush. Officer Alex Iurato was hit by gunfire and returned fire, killing the suspect.
Milford police and the Milford Chamber of Commerce are hosting the event. They know firsthand in firsthand the impact a tragedy like this can have on an entire community.
Milford police officer Daniel Wasson was shot and killed, during a motor vehicle stop in April 1987.
“Our community was really there for us,” Anania said. “So, we want to incorporate that and give that to Bristol.”
Registration begins at 10 a.m. followed by an opening ceremony at 10:45 a.m. The plunge starts at 11 a.m. If you want to take the plunge, registration is $20. If you’d rather stay dry, you can donate at the event.
“We’re also going to have food trucks available and providing warm beverages, warm food to warn people back up,” Anania said.
Trajah Buxton said they’re planning to attend.
“It’s definitely an event we’d love to attend especially given it’s in memory of the Bristol police officers.”
But will they jump in?
“I don’t know about the plunge […] you think I could jump in this water, TJ? Probably not… but we’ll definitely be in attendance.”
Learn more about Saturday’s event here.