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Stephen (Steve) Bell Memorial Scholarship
The named scholarship is established by friends and family of Steve Bell, a graduate of the LSSU criminal justice program. In the beginning of his senior year, his father died suddenly, making Steve’s senior year a challenging one. However, Steve persevered and graduated from LSSU in 1991.

Following his graduation, Steve became a Pontiac Police Cadet in 1993 and later advanced to police officer status. In 1994 he was hired as a public safety officer in Bloomfield Hills. Rick Mattot, a fellow public safety officer, encouraged Steve to join the Lapeer City fire department to obtain more fire experience. Steve grew to love fire fighting and working for the Lapeer City Fire Department.

Wanting to emulate his grandfather, Erwin Bell, a Royal Oak motorcycle policeman, Steve attended and graduated from Northwestern University Traffic Institute and Police Motorcycle Operator Course in 2000.

On the day he died, Steve had just completed a 24-hour shift. He died at the scene of an automobile accident on February 7, 2003 at the age of 33.

Steve loved his family, friends, and fellow police officers and fellow Lapeer City firefighters. He enjoyed hunting, fishing hockey, football, eating, cooking and traveling. Steve had a natural gift of humor. He was especially proud of being a graduate of Lake Superior State University.

Recipients must be at least a sophomore majoring in the fire science program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.