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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Since the NLEOMF inception in 1991, for some reason Officer Bell's name has been omitted from the Memorial Wall. After years of research and hard work, we have finally made the family's dream come true. Next year Officer Frederick Bell's name will go on the Wall with his brother's Henry, who was killed in the line of duty in 1937.

**Please note the EOW is incorrect, according to the Mass. Death Certificate Sept 5th 1954 is the correct date. Not Sept 8th.

Captain Dennis Dowling
Newton Police Dept

November 6, 2017

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