Bell, on Jan. 29, was severely wounded while helping to catch a meth dealer who was hiding out at an auto service business in Haltom City.
"You've got to tell yourself you're going to be OK," Bell said, "and you will be."
That's a very positive outlook, considering Bell was shot three times, including once in the eye.
As he left the hospital Thursday, the Fort Worth police honor guard and his fellow motorcycle officers stood at attention and saluted him.
Applause broke out among other patients, hospital employees, and visitors who had stopped to watch.
Though usually reserved for an officer's funeral, the honor guard appeared at the insistence of Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead.
"If he were to have died, we would have had his funeral this week. We would have had hundreds, if not thousands, celebrating his service," Halstead said. "I think we need to celebrate his life. ... He deserves it."