EAST HARTFORD, Conn (WTNH) — As many as 50,000 people are expected to attend the joint funeral for two Bristol police officers who died in the line of duty.
The service for Lt. Dustin DeMonte, 35, and Sgt. Alex Hamzy, 34, begins at 11 a.m. Friday at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on Silver Lane in East Hartford.
North Haven Public Schools and Bristol Public Schools will be closed Friday in observance of the funeral.
Each of the processions is scheduled to begin at 8:55 a.m. Friday. Drivers should expect delays due to road closures along the procession routes, specifically in North Haven and East Hartford.
Below is the procession route for DeMonte, which is going from the North Haven Funeral Home to Rentschler Field.
Below is the procession route for Hamzy, which is going from Scott Funeral Home in Terryville to Rentschler Field.
Members of the public who wish to attend the funeral can arrive between 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Those attending the funeral at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field are instructed to park in the gray or red lots and use gates C or D to enter the stadium.
Bags, including purses, flowers, gifts, and cameras are prohibited from the venue during the funeral.
Once the venue is filled, no additional guests will be allowed inside.
Rentschler Field holds about 40,000 people, but seating will also be on the field. While the stadium has hosted police funerals, East Hartford Mayor Michael Walsh said this time feels different.
“This is unique in that it was a double on-duty fatality, that’s extremely rare,” he said. “We’ve had other officers from East Hartford, Officer Brian Aselton to Officer Lavery in Newington. And those were certainly tragic, and this even doubly so with respect to Bristol. So I expect a large contingent.”
DeMonte and Hamzy were shot and killed while responding to a 911 call about a possible domestic violence situation between two brothers. Officer Alec Iurato, 26, was wounded.
Iurato is expected to attend the funeral, along with family and friends of the fallen officers and members of law enforcement from across the country.
“He’ll absolutely be here,” Bristol police officer Conor Hogan said of Iurato. “He’s doing well. He’s getting around.”
Honor guards from state police, Bristol police, and the Bristol Fire Department are expected to be on the field. News 8 also learned that Bristol police officers will serve as pallbearers, carrying the coffins of their fellow brothers in blue.
“Every person that’s on these two teams has some sort of special relationship to these two guys so that the family knows that they’re being carried by trustworthy people, and they get the respect that they deserve,” Hogan said.
The Bristol PBA organized a fundraiser to benefit the families of Hamzy and DeMonte. Anyone interested in donating can click here. The Bristol Police Union and Bristol Police Commissioners created the Bristol Police Heroes Fund to help their families. Click here to donate.