BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Saturday, November 12 marks one month since two Bristol police officers were shot and killed in an ambush. The community is trying to light everything in blue on Saturday to never forget the fallen officers.
As seen in this picture, shared by the Bristol Police Department, hundreds of homes displayed blue lights in the dark.
“THANK YOU Bristol Community!” the BPD shared in the post. “This has brought a smile to our faces. The outpouring of support you have shown over the past four weeks has been amazing. To all those who sold & bought blue lights, We THANK YOU! This photo says it ALL!!!”
Residents used blue lightbulbs or blue Christmas lights to show their support. Town Halls, city buildings, and businesses also joined in.
Mayor Jeff Caggiano is aiming for 80% of the town, and anyone from around the state, to light their house up in blue.
“It has really shattered us, but for [Sgt. Alex Hamzy] and Lt. DeMonte and Officer Iurato, we have to pick up those pieces and share the light that they shared with all of us and carry it,” said Lor Osenkowski.
DeMonte, Hamzy, and Officer Alex Iurato were shot on Oct. 12 in what police believe was an ambush set up by a 911 call made by a suspected shooter. DeMonte and Hamzy were promoted posthumously to lieutenant and sergeant, respectively.
Thousands from across the country gathered for a joint funeral late last month, honoring the officers at East Hartford’s Rentschler Field.
It’s a personal endeavor for the Osenkowski family, which knows the Hamzys.
“It has really shattered us, but for him and for Lieutenant DeMonte and Office Iurota, we have to pick up those pieces and share the light that they shared with all of us and carry it,” Lori Osenkowski said.
A fund for the officers’ families now tops $1 million.