Patrolman William Boland Bell, of Goose Creek, lost his life in the line of duty November 19, 2002.
Mr. Bell was a son of the late James Bell and Vallie Chestnut Bell.
He was a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia and served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Patrolman with the Summerville Police Department.
He is survived by his wife, Debra Bell; daughters: Valarie Bell Wright and her husband Douglas, and Gail Michelle Bell; step-children: Tracy McElman, Robin Filipiak, Rachel Filipiak, Thomas Filipiak and Richard Filipiak; two grandchildren: Tanner and William Cole Wright; two step-grandchildren: Dailyn and Breanna Filipiak; his first wife, Betty A. Bell; brothers: Chalmers Bell, Harold Dangerfield, Wyatt Bell, Royce Dangerfield, James Drews, Alonzo Bell; sisters, Carla Wydra and Gracie Bell.
Excerpt from the SC FOP:
Patrolman Bell and Deputy Marion Wright, of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, were struck and killed on US 17A by an impaired driver who was under the influence of prescription medication for seizures. The man's license had been previously revoked due to his condition and medication.
Deputy Wright, who had just finished his shift and was en route home, stopped to assist a disabled motorist. Patrolman Bell stopped to assist Deputy Wright. As the two officers changed the flat tire on the car, the oncoming driver left the roadway, hitting both patrol cars, the disabled vehicle, and both officers, killing them both instantly.
A witness to the incident apprehended the suspect and held him until other officers arrived. The suspect was charged with felony driving under the influence. He was sentenced to two 10-year terms to run consecutively, but is eligible for parole after only four years.
The section of highway where the incident took place was renamed William Boland Bell and Marion Eugene Wright Highway.
Patrolman Bell had been in law enforcement for 2.5 years.
William Boland Bell's name has been engraved at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. His name can be located on panel 23, West-50. A plaque bearing William Boland Bell's name is displayed at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.
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