National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 48
Year of Death: 2014

Kevin L. Bell

Kevin Lamont Bell, 48, of Hartford, Connecticut, was born to Cheryl Bell and Manuel Gomes on April 30, 1966. Kevin’s last alarm was on October 7, 2014, in the line of duty. He is truly Hartford’s Bravest: Kevin is a HERO.

Kevin graduated from Weaver High School in 1984, where he played football and ran track. He was also affiliated with several sports leagues and fraternities, notably the Hartford Flag Football League, the Nelton Court Basketball League, the Group Organization, and the Roughnecks Organization.

He was affectionately known as “DJ Kut Master B-Stro the Originator.” He was phenomenal DJ. Kevin’s
DJ journey began at age 12. By the time he was teenager he was in group called the Busy Boys, and they signed to Bee Pee Records in 1984. They released several records, notably Funky Fresh Xmas, That’s the Flava, and Renita, just to name a few. Kevin also produced several groups and artist, including the Renegades and 4 Black Faces.

For many years, he was a security guard for the Hartford Public School System. He served as a special officer and wrestling coach at Cheney Technical School in Manchester, Connecticut. He was also employed at Mass Mutual in Enfield, Connecticut.

In 2008, Kevin began his career as a Hartford Fire recruit. After graduating from the training academy, he was assigned to Engine Company 11, Tour D. In May 2012, he was assigned to Engine Company 14, Tour A, and in May 2013, he was assigned to Engine Company 16, Tour A.

Left to cherish his legacy are his longtime love and wife, Wayatte Statham-Bell; their adoring daughter, Racquel Bell; and their dog, Chanel. He is also survived by his mother, Cheryl Bell, and his father, Manuel Gomes; brothers, Shawn Bell Sr.(Kimberly) and Elliot Bell; sisters, Torraine Grimes(Sean) and Sharonda Bell; aunts, Joyce Gomes Evans (William), Betty Gomes Clancy (Andrew), Crystal Bell, Cavette Bell, Kathy Napper(Henry), Debra Bell, Gloria- Smith-White(Charlie); uncles, Elliot Bell, Gregory Bell, and Orlando Bell (Sandra); father-in-law, Connelius Percy; mother-in-law, Delores Statham; brothers-in-law, Larry Percy, James Percy, and Connelius Percy Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Evelyn Bell and Stanley Weaver, Manual and Margaret Gomes, and beloved Preeman Faniel; his aunts, Constance Gomes-Amos, Donna Smith, and Diane Smith; and great aunts, Pearl Smith and Mary Bell.

Kevin had so many gifts, including cooking, playing drums, and his expertise with electronic devices. Kevin had an amazing love for people and would help anymore. His knowledge of history was extraordinary. To know him is to love him!

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  1. It breaks my heart that there’s no mention of Kevin L.Bell! We honor him everyday in my home! He gave his life to save his brothers!!!….. I’m encouraged by finding this site an day before GOD called Kevin home, 11/7/14! His wife an friends honor him every year with an motorcycle bike in his HONOR….rain or shine in Hartford, CT. Kevin is one of the best people I’ve ever met in my 53 year on this earth. I miss him everyday!!! He may not be apart of this year roll call from what I’ve seen on your site but ill be here to make sure his name KEVIN LAMONT BELL will be called next year. An pray GOD BLESSES me with being there to hear it read aloud. I SEND ALL THE STRENGTH AN BLESSINGS TO ALL THE FAMILIES WHO SHARE MY PAIN AN GRIEF! AN TO ALL THE FIRE FIGHTERS OUT THERE SAVING LIVES……”DON’T FORGET YOUR BROTHA RIGHT NEXT TO YOU” Make sure they make it home TOO!!! MAY ‘GOD’ BLESS YOU ALL!

    – Derek Smith