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I tt'iwwx'WX'ftWi'&xvft'iwr^^^^^ "Whrn something like this happens you have to keep your head straight and keep going. You can't lei it get to you and think that things won't ever be the same, t knew I'd make it back te the force and t have." With an attitude like this, patrolman Mike Bell won't have too much of a problem accomplishing anything he wants to do. Mexia policeman Mike Bell named 'tops in Texas' The Mexia police officer was referring to an Incident in November in which he lost his right eye and was out of duty for a couple of months. He was hospitalized for several weeks. Me underwent surgery again in April for additional correction on the damage suffered from a gunshot wound In the right front portion of the face. Bell had slopped a vehicle on South Highway 14 at 12:58 a.m. and was arresting two Dallas men when he was shot in .the face. Mike managed to crawl back to his police car and call for help. He was rushed to General Me*ta Hospital and immediately transferred to Providence Hospital in Wflco for emergency surgery, the results ended with Bell losing his right eye. one of the best honors to come Mike's way came Monday morning, when he was cited as "Outstanding Policeman of the Year for Texas." His name had been submitted by the local Lancaster Post 4694, Veterans of Foreign Wars, officer Bell will be presented with the statewide VFW award at an Awards Banquet at El Paso on June 22. A lifelong resident of Mexia, he graduated from Mexia public schools in 1968 and plans to continue his college work at Sam Houston State University. Bell came to Ihe Mexia Police Department in August of 1971 and was hired as a patrolman. He attended his basic certification school at the Harris County Police Academy in Houston and received certificates fof his completion in specialised courses, including intermediate traffic, primary criminal law, robbery* burglary and homicide. He also is a certified jail officer and he has completed the primacy criminal investigation course All of these except the intermediate traffic course, were conducted at the Heart of Texas Regional Police Academy in Waco. The traffic course was held in Mexia. The Mexia policeman attended Navarro Junior College from 1968 to 1970 and then attended Sam Houston Slate University. He attended the Hadiologlcal Monitoring course In Mexia ami recently completed a seminar for Juvenile Offenders at (he HOTCOG Police Academy In Waco. Tor Bell, It was a long road back to being whore he was before. It was trying; and hard to overcome the pitfalls involved in recuperating and being back on the Mexia Police force. But he's done II and he plans lo stay In Inw enforcement, no mailer what hns happened. 1 ! * xx«M^^ V.V.'. f toe Mtxfa Bell gets big award Serving The People Of The Bi-Stone Aral Since 1872 Mexia police officer Mike Bell will be honored June 22 at El Paso by the state Veterans of Foreign Wars, who designated him as "Outstanding Policeman of the Year" in Texas. (Daily News Staff Photo by Bob Wright) VOLUME 75 N'UMKKK IH7 MKXIA. TKXAS - TUKSDAV. JUNE II. ||) 7 .| Member AP and NEA JO CENTS li I'AdKS V'V^^^^ Credit 'exploding 9

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  1. The Mexia Daily News,
  2. 11 Jun 1974, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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