Bristol Officer Alec Iurato receives national honor
WASHINGTON DC (WFSB) - A Bristol police officer was honored in Washington D.C. as the National Officer of the Month for December.
Officer Alec Iurato was honored for his bravery during a deadly ambush that happened at a home in Bristol in Oct. 2022.
Police said he was shot in the leg, but still managed to make his way around a house to a police cruiser.
They said Iurato only needed one shot to take out the gunman who killed officers Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy.
“It’s a great honor,” Iurato said. “It’s not where we would like to be, but we believe that because of what happened everybody needs to understand exactly what officers are going through throughout the nation. Any way that we can help, we’re going to do that.”
Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould said he felt emotional during Tuesday’s ceremony.
“It’ really hits you in the soul. It hits you in the heart,” Gould said.
This spring DeMonte and Hamzy names will be added to the national memorial that honors fallen officers.
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