“He’s my hero:” Funeral held for 2 Connecticut officers killed in apparent ambush

Thousands of police officers from across the United States gathered for a joint funeral at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in Connecticut on Friday. Two Bristol officers killed in an apparent ambush Last week. Lieutenant Dustin Damonte and Sg. Alex Hamzy was both promoted posthumously.

“Our family was as perfect as it could be because we had you,” said Damonte’s wife, Laura Damonte.

This combo of images provided by the Connecticut State Police, from left, shows the Bristol, Conn. Police Department Sgt. Dustin Damonte and Officer Alex Hamzy.

Connecticut State Police

“While you may know my officer as a number, know that he is much more than that,” said Hamzy’s wife, Katie Scott Hamzy. “He is my hero, my protection, the love of my life and of course my heart. I love you Alex.”

Bristol police officers accompanied by family members were carrying the fallen.

Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould said, “The sadness we are experiencing cannot be expressed in words. The anger, the confusion, the despair, the fear, the uncertainty and the overall sadness.”

Both officers were reportedly shot dead last Wednesday night fake 911 call hoax Reporting a domestic dispute, which officials suspect was a trap. Officer Alec Urato was wounded and shot one, killed gunman,

Hamzy, 34, was in the department for eight years and Damonte, 35, was a 10-year veteran. He was the father of two children with a third child on the way.

In view of the funeral, much of Bristol was closed.

Nationwide, 53 law enforcement officers have been killed by gunfire so far this year, compared to 50 at this time last year.

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