Family of Hartford firefighter killed in the line of duty settles suit against city

Firefighter Kevin Bell. (Mayor's office photo)

A little more than two years after a Hartford firefighter died in the line of duty, his family has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

The Hartford City Council approved the $350,000 settlement on Monday, according to Mayor Luke Bronin.

Firefighter Kevin Bell, 48, was killed on Oct. 7, 2014. The medical examiner ruled that he ran out of air and he died of asphyxia.

An investigation determined that his tank ran out of oxygen while battling a fire on Blue Hills Avenue.

Kevin Bell's family filed the suit the following year.

Representatives said they wanted to know why Kevin Bell was left behind during the fire with a poorly functioning air tank.

Shawn Bell Sr., Kevin Bell's brother, said it took a little more than 8 minutes for a scene commander to send a rescue team.

Shawn Bell argued that his brother was essentially left to die.

Officials said Kevin Bell's death drew attention to problems within the fire department, specifically the air tanks not being refilled after use.

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