On Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m., The Hartford Fire Department Engine 16 will hold a ceremony to not only honor Bell, but also changed their station name to the “Kevin L. Bell Fire Station.”
On October 7, 2014, Bell died when he ran out of air while battling a house fire on Blue Hills Avenue, just a few blocks away from his home station Engine Company 16. Bell, 48, got entangled in a piece of furniture and his air tank ran empty. He died due to lack of breathing gas. His death prompted an investigation surrounding equipment failure.