A fleet of police cruisers in the Baribault Jewelers’ Glastonbury parking lot was spotted Monday, Jan. 9, not for an emergency but rather as a show of support for the company’s public National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day celebration. The family-owned business hosted a day-long charity event to benefit the Bristol Police Heroes Fund. Photo opportunities with local police officers and a limited supply of the popular “Thin Blue Line” bracelets, which 100% supports the local nonprofit organization.
“What an amazing outpouring of love that the Connecticut community showed once again for this important cause,” said Raeann Baribault Schwartz, co-owner of Baribault Jewelers. “Between people coming into our store to purchase the B Fierce and B Brave designs, as well calling us to order them over the phone, we raised $1,500, but still have 30 more bracelets in stock. We want to completely sell out so that we raise the maximum amount of money for the families of the fallen Bristol police officers.”
Baribault Schwartz and her sister Christina Baribault Ortiz custom-designed a commemorative “Thin Blue Line” bracelet in October when Bristol Police Sgt. Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy were gunned down in the line of duty. The $78 bracelet features a power word in silver on a navy blue cord. Baribault Jewelers presented a $5,000 check to The Bristol Police Heroes Fund last fall.
The 30 limited-edition bracelets will be available at Baribault Jewelers store located at 81 Rankin Road in Glastonbury.
As the wife of a police officer, I want to ensure that Sgt. Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy’s ultimate sacrifice are never forgotten,” said Baribault Ortiz. “We can’t take the pain away, but we hope to make just a small difference by comforting the families now and in the year ahead.”