Patrolman Kenneth B. Bell

Patrolman Kenneth B. Bell

Fitchburg Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, October 18, 1962

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Kenneth B. Bell

Patrolman Kenneth Bell was killed in a motorcycle crash while providing a motorcycle escort for Edward Kennedy, who was campaigning for the United States Senate.

A vehicle pulled into the path of Patrolman Bell's three-wheeled motorcycle at the intersection of Water Street and Wanoosnoc Road, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

Patrolman Bell was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He had served with the Fitchburg Police Department for almost eight years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, three sisters, and four brothers.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 7 years, 11 months
  • Badge 37
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

escort, executive protection

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Patrolman Bell, it has been 61 years since you were taken from us. 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

October 18, 2023

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