'A huge show of support' at memorial for fallen Brentwood police officer
Speakers at the memorial service remember Arkell as a family man with a strong sense character and duty, who was dedicated to his community. Hassan called him a true Granite State hero whose bravery and compassion represented the best of law enforcement.
She recalled how Arkell helped build a pathway to the Exeter River that would make the nature accessible to all, including those with disabilities.
Colonel Robert Quinn said Arkell laid down his life to save countless other officers.
"He sacrificed his tomorrow so we could have ours," he said.
Brentwood police chief pledges support to the Arkell family— Allie Morris (@dePeystah) May 21, 2014
Some members of the Exeter High School community are paying respects through Twitter using the hashtag #hawksflytogether - a reference to the school's mascot:
The memorial service for fallen Brentwood Police officer Stephen Arkell will soon begin.
These Laconia Police officers are among the mourners:
Memorial service will being soon in Exeter HS football stadium behind the school. Officers are filing into seats on field— Allie Morris (@dePeystah) May 21, 2014
Laconia Police Officers attending the funeral services for Ofcr Arkell pic.twitter.com/yfrMHdShjX— Laconia NH Police (@LaconiaNHPolice) May 21, 2014
Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter spoke about Arkell on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Monitor reporter Allie Morris is at today's memorial. Here are some of her recent tweets and a brief recording of the bagpipes accompanying the procession:
Hundreds of officers have begun the march, residents have gathered along the route— Allie Morris (@dePeystah) May 21, 2014
The procession itself stretches almost the 2mi length between Exeter HS and Epping drag way— Allie Morris (@dePeystah) May 21, 2014
Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are taking part in the procession, which is now underway.
Here at the staging area hundreds of officers are lining up to march to Exeter High School. They come from all corners of the state -- Ashland, Portsmouth, Dunbarton, Concord, Salem, Conway, to name a few -- and as far as Vermont, Maine, Mass and even California, said a Brentwood officer. The procession of motor units, color guards bagpipes and officers will begin at 9:30 a.m.
"We have had a huge show of support," said Brentwood Police Sgt. Denny Wood. "It is absolutely incredible."
This morning, the memorial service for the fallen Brentwood Police Officer Steve Arkell begins with a procession at 9:30 a.m.
Law enforcement officers from across the state will march together for nearly two miles from New England Dragway, on Route 27 in Epping, to Exeter High School, where the memorial service will begin at 11 a.m.
See tomorrow's Monitor for full coverage of the memorial.