Farmington Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Tim Hardy speaks Thursday at service honoring former Fire Rescue Capt. Michael Bell at the Town Office and Fire Rescue Department. At left is Fire Rescue Chaplain Stan Wheeler. A monument was dedicated to Bell on the two-year anniversary of the explosion at a LEAP building in Farmington that killed Bell and injured seven others in 2019. Scott Landry photo

A monument in memory of Farmington Fire Rescue Capt. Michael A. Bell was dedicated Thursday at the Town Office and Fire Rescue Department. It was one of two services held quietly to mark the two-year anniversary of the explosion at the LEAP building that killed Bell and seriously injured six firefighters and a LEAP maintenance worker. The inscription reads: “In memory of Capt. Michael A. Bell for 30 years of service to his community. He made the Supreme Sacrifice on Sept. 16, 2019.” A small group of people attended the service. Scott Landry photo

“Tribute to Resilience,” a set of chimes, was dedicated Thursday at Bjorn Park in Farmington on the second anniversary of the fatal explosion Sept. 16, 2019, at the LEAP building, which stood across from the park. The piece was created by local artist Vera Johnson in memory of Fire Rescue Capt. Michael Bell and the six firefighters and LEAP maintenance worker who were injured. A chime was rung for each of them, Selectman Scott Landry said. The service was one of two held quietly by a small group of people. Scott Landry photo


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