Patrolman Frederick Aloysius Bell

Patrolman Frederick Aloysius Bell

Newton Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, September 5, 1954

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Frederick Aloysius Bell

Patrolman Frederick Bell succumbed to injuries sustained four months earlier when he was thrown from his patrol car after it collided with a lumber truck at the intersection of Watertown Street and Walnut Street while escorting an ambulance to a local hospital.

Patrolman Bell's injuries did not first appear to be life threatening. Four months after the accident, he was rushed to Newton Wellesley Hospital where he died of brain injuries sustained in the collision.

Patrolman Bell's brother, Patrolman Henry Bell, was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 22nd, 1937, along with Patrolman Lawrence Murphy, while also serving with the Newton Police Department.

Patrolman Bell was a United States Air Force veteran of WWII and had served with the Newton Police Department for eight years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, three brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Monday, May 10, 1954

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Patrolman Bell, it has been 59 years since you were taken from us and joined your blood brother.

New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 5, 2023

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