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Pay It Forward

Bell Employees Raise Funds for Fallen Officer’s Family

When an Arizona law enforcement officer lost his life in the line of duty, Bell employees teamed up to help his family.

Bell Employee

Courtney Williams, Bell Mortgage loan officer


Tammy Lazinsky, Paul Lazinsky’s widow

The Need

Officer Paul Lazinsky of the El Mirage Police Department died in the line of duty Dec. 12. He had been running after a wanted suspect when the officer suffered a fatal heart attack.

Paul, who had planned to retire in 10 months, was a U.S. Army veteran and had served on the El Mirage police force for 17 years. He and his wife, Tammy, had three children, including one in college.

Paul was the first officer the department had ever lost in the line of duty.

The Impact

As a former law enforcement officer and firefighter/paramedic, Courtney Williams planned to donate his Pay It Forward funds to families of fallen police officers, firefighters and paramedics.

“Having done the job, it’s close to me, so I wanted to try to give back in that way,” he remarks.

When he learned about Paul Lazinsky, Courtney knew he wanted to help, so he asked some of his co-workers to join in his effort and was able to raise more than $4,000 in Pay It Forward funds for the officer’s family.

“It meant a lot to me to be able to do something for officer Lazinsky’s family,” Courtney comments. “The men and women who put the uniform on and go out and do this job, they put their lives on the line all the time. I think people forget about that.”

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