Zuppardi's Apizza raises $10,000 for families of fallen Bristol officers

Zuppardi's Apizza recently raised $10,000 for the families of two Bristol police officers who were killed in an apparent ambush last month, the restaurant announced Monday.

The West Haven-based pizzeria designed a special "Bristol Strong" T-shirt honoring the lives and service of Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy, who were shot and killed Oct. 12 while responding to a domestic dispute. The shirt also honors Officer Alec Iurato, who was injured in the attack. 

The $25 shirts, now sold out, were available for purchase online and at Zuppardi's three locations in West Haven, Ansonia and Derby. One hundred percent of the sales will be donated to a Fund the First campaign, with all funds going to the DeMonte and Hamzy families, the restaurant announced.

The Zuppardi family has a personal connection to the Bristol police department. Brittany Nadeau, a fourth-generation member of the family, is married to Bristol officer Michael Nadeau, the restaurant noted in an Oct. 19 post.

Hot clam pizza being boxed at Zuppardi's in West Haven on April 23, 2021.

Hot clam pizza being boxed at Zuppardi's in West Haven on April 23, 2021.

Lisa Nichols

"Mike’s dedication to his service is something for which our family is extremely proud," the post read. "As we do our best to support Mike as he mourns the loss of his fellow brothers, we will also do our best to support the families dealing with such irreplaceable loss."

DeMonte and Hamzy were posthumously promoted to lieutenant and sergeant at their funeral on Oct. 22.