As Connecticut continues to process the loss of two Bristol police officers, a family in nearby Plainville is doing its part to honor their victim by temporarily turning on blue lights in their elaborate Christmas display
“I was kind of in shock because we don’t live that far from it and it was so close to home,” explained Joshua Brunelle of Plainville.
A sense of disbelief for Joshua Brunelle as his family heard the news of two Bristol police officers killed in the line of duty, Sgt. Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy with Officer Alec Iurata injured in the ambush-style attack, all of which prompted an outpouring of support and condolences.
The family modified their elaborate Christmas preparations by installing blue lights in their Plainville home.
“We installed our new pixel for our officers. We have the roof line, with our new pixel lighting and our tree and our new matrix board,”
Brunelle says the elaborate Christmas display was in honor of his mother, but now he’s adding a memorial to the fallen officers.
LED lights prominently display police colors. This drew approval from the people passing by.
“I think they really enjoy it. I saw some people posting this online and it kind of took off,” Brunelle noted.
Brunelle says if there are any officers on patrol passing by, she hopes they know they’re not alone.
“They can see the badge that we put on the Christmas tree and the flag, and it just shows, you know, that everybody, not just me, supports the blue,” Brunelle added.
The family says they plan to leave the lights on for another week to allow people to pay their respects.