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 Joseph Edward Bell

Joseph Edward Bell

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Dec 1926 (aged 34)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Sec. 28 R-4 Lot 1
Memorial ID 36962962 · View Source
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Policeman Joseph Edward Bell
Philadelphia Police Department
End of Watch: Thursday, December 23, 1926

Biographical Info
Age: 33
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: 234
Unit of assignment: former member of the Detective Bureau Narcotics Squad.

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, December 11, 1926
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Edward Lockett, Naudain near 19th; executed

Wife Catherine, daughter Alice, 11.
Residence: 2151 Montrose St.

Officer Joseph E. Bell, 31, died December 23, 1926, after being shot in the abdomen at 2:15 a.m. on December 11 by a individual he saw sitting on a step in the 2100 block Lombard st. He asked the man what he was doing there and was shot. His commanding officer, John Freeman, gave a pint of blood for a transfusion, but Bell died at 11:20 a.m. at Polyclinic Hospital. A five year veteran, he left a wife and five children.

The suspect was convicted of his murder and was later executed.

Policeman Bell was survived by his wife, five children, parents, and several siblings.

Bell, who was a former member of the Detective Bureau Narcotic Squad, was considered the smallest man on the force, only weighing 135 pounds. Segeant Frank Dunn, of the narcotics squad, paid a high tribute to Bell's bravery, declaring that he did not know the meaning of fear and would have tackled four men as ready as one.

1. Philadelphia Inquirer
2.; Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pa.

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  • Created by: Researcher
  • Added: 11 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36962962
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Edward Bell (10 Mar 1892–23 Dec 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36962962, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Researcher (contributor 46902961) .