Hartford, Connecticut, Firefighter Kevin Lamont Bell died in the line of duty last week while battling a house fire in the city's North End and Mayor Pedro Segarra wants to make sure that Bell's name and legacy will never be forgotten.
He plans to submit a resolution to the Hartford City Council to formally rename Engine 16 on Blue Hills Avenue as the Kevin Lamont Bell Fire Station.
Bell was the first Hartford firefighter to die in the line of duty in 40 years.
"Kevin Bell was born and raised in the City of Hartford. In addition to being a firefighter, he was an active member of his community. Today we join together to honor and mourn the loss of one of our own. He lost his life so that others could be saved. For that he will always be a Hartford hero and will not be forgotten," Segarra said.
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Bell graduated from Weaver High School, worked for the Hartford Public School system, and joined the Hartford Fire Department in 2008, according to the mayor.
After graduating from the Fire Training Academy, he worked for the City of Hartford in Engine Companies 11, 14, and 16.
"Kevin was not only a brave and dedicated Firefighter, but he was devoted to the Hartford community. He was affiliated with several sports leagues and was a wrestling coach at Cheney Technical School," Segarra said in his letter to the city council. "His death while fighting a residential fire makes him a hero to us all. I therefore recommend that Engine Company 16 be renamed in his honor."
Segarra said he intends to submit the resolution in time for the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 14.