NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Some roads in North Haven will be closed Thursday and Friday due to services for Bristol police Lt. Dustin DeMonte.
DeMonte, 35, and Sgt. Alex Hamzy, 34, were killed in the line of duty last week while responding to a possible domestic violence situation. A third officer, Officer Alec Iurato, 26, was wounded.
On Thursday, Oct. 20, Clintonville Road will be closed from Pool Road to Route 5, Washington Avenue, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m, according to North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda’s Facebook post.
During this time, a private wake will be held for the DeMonte, who resided in North Haven, at the North Haven Funeral Home.
While the wake was being held for DeMonte, Jamie Perchiano went to pray at the Bristol Police Department. He credits DeMonte with getting him sober and helping him during a difficult time in his life.
“The fact that he took the time as a genuine, lovable person, was kind enough to talk to me, and give me words of wisdom, and motivated me, know that he’s a dad and I’m a dad,” Perchiano said. “I finally took those suggestions and here I am, two years sober.”
DeMonte lived in North Haven and First Selectman Michael Freda said in part, “Here in North Haven, there is an outpouring of heartfelt sympathy, prayers, and total support for the DeMonte family, as well as our continued support for the Bristol Police Department. We will always support law enforcement in the town of North Haven.
On Friday, Oct. 21, both Clintonville Road from Pool Road to Washington Avenue and Washington Avenue from Clintonville Road to the I-91 entrance (just past the CVS) will be closed from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
This will allow for DeMonte’s funeral procession to travel to Rentschler Field.
DeMonte and Hamzy will have a joint funeral service held at Rentschler Field on Silver Lane in East Hartford beginning at 11 a.m. Up to 50,000 attendees are expected to be at the funeral.
Freda asked North Haven residents to avoid the closed roads during the mentioned times and to seek alternative routes if possible.
“The entire Town of North Haven extends our heartfelt sympathy, prayers, and ongoing support to the entire Demonte [sic.] family, the Bristol Police Department, and the families of Bristol Officers Alex Hamzy and Alec Iurato,” Freda’s post read. “We will always support our men and women in law enforcement and we will always support our North Haven Police Department who so faithfully serve and protect our community.”