Sunday, May 7 was a sunny day and car enthusiasts were out in force for the Cars for a Cause event held at Acura by Executive in North Haven. The car show was held in honor of Bristol police officers Dustin DeMonte and Alex Hamzy, who were killed responding to a domestic violence call in October of 2022. DeMonte was a resident of North Haven, and his wife, Laura, and their children, Porter, Phoebe and two-month-old Penelope, attended Cars for a Cause.
“The support from the community means so much,” Laura DeMonte said. “Everybody’s kindness and generosity and showing support for police officers, and that they care, means so much.”
DeMonte added, “I have a tight community, a wonderful family, and my kids keep me going every day.”
The May 7 car show drew in vehicles – including trucks and motorcycles – from all over the state. Various vendors were there as well.
Kristi Lavacca, sales manager at the North Haven Acura, said, “With Executive Cares Auto Group, our community outreach program, we wanted to put this on to support our community and the fallen officers. Dustin was a resident of North Haven, and we have ties to the family, and we just wanted to show them our support and that we love our first responders.”