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“He saw how [retired Hartford chief] Charlie [Teale] came up through the ranks and made chief,” Gomes said Wednesday. “I would always see him talking to Charlie.” Gomes said Teale, who is his cousin, showed Bell how to apply for the academy, but left the rest to him. “He mentored him but everything Kevin did he did for himself,” Gomes said. “I was very proud of him” Gomes said Bell was married to Wayatte Statham-Bell and had a daughter, Racquel. Read more