Detective Frank C. Bell

Detective Frank C. Bell

Lehigh Valley Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, July 19, 1935

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Frank C. Bell

Detective Frank Bell succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he fell underneath a train that he was attempting to board in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

He was attempting to the board a coach car as the train moved slowly passed the Sayre train station in order to ride it to Burdett, New York, where he had been stationed for several days due to a flood. Both of his feet fell beneath the train and were severed. He was taken to a local hospital where he died the following day after undergoing several blood transfusions.

Detective Bell had served with the Lehigh Valley Railroad Police Department for 25 years. He was survived by his wife and adopted daughter.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train
  • Location Pennsylvania
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 18, 1935

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Detective Bell, thank you for your service in helping to protect one of the greatest assets of the United States, it's railroads. As the son of a man who started his long police career with the New York Central, I truly appreciate the work you do.

God Bless, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

November 16, 2019

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