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Corporal Robert H. Bell | Delaware State Police, Delaware Delaware State Police, Delaware


Robert H. Bell

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 7, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 396

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 1/14/1981

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Corporal Bell died after contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion received following a line of duty injury.

On January 14, 1981, Corporal Bell was assisting another trooper during a struggle with a suicidal man on Kirkwood Highway. During the struggle Corporal Bell received a serious back injury which required surgery and a blood transfusion. The blood he received during the surgery was tainted with AIDS, which Corporal Bell then contracted. The blood was traced to the original donor who was confirmed to be suffering from the virus as well.

Corporal Bell had served with the Delaware State Police for 22 years.

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No words of mine could ever describe how tragic it was to lose such a good officer. RIP Robert Bell and thank you for serving.

John Haseltine - Civilian
April 4, 2016


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