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'A huge show of support' at memorial for fallen Brentwood police officer

Concord Police officers prepare for a memorial service for Brentwood Police officer Stephen Arkell on Wednesday May 21, 2014. Photo by Ariana van den Akker/ Monitor Staff

Concord Police officers prepare for a memorial service for Brentwood Police officer Stephen Arkell on Wednesday May 21, 2014. Photo by Ariana van den Akker/ Monitor Staff

12:30 p.m.

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.

11:30 a.m.

Some members of the Exeter High School community are paying respects through Twitter using the hashtag #hawksflytogether - a reference to the school's mascot:

11:15 a.m.

The memorial service for fallen Brentwood Police officer Stephen Arkell will soon begin.

These Laconia Police officers are among the mourners:

10:45 a.m.

Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter spoke about Arkell on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

10:20 a.m.

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:

10:10 a.m.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are taking part in the procession, which is now underway.

9:30 a.m.

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."

8:30 a.m.

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.

Legacy Comments1

That was an interesting ending to the funeral of the call for him by dispatch of there being no reply of his final farewell, as seen on WMUR-TV Channel 9 during the noon hour news devoted entirely to this memorial, of is there a youtube or other video of such? Plus thank you Carol for your minute and a half reading into the Congressional Record, but WHEN, if ever, are you going to DO your job? of by Section 5 to that of the Section 2 penalty provision in the 14th Amendment since N.H. is one of the eleven (11) states of that we do not elect our state "Judicial officers" including the Article 82 Court Clerks, of WHERE is law-enforcement on such!? The State Police in Concord seem to take their political marching orders from the Attorney "General" who protects Gov. Hassan from my insistence by Article 32 "instruction" of a Command to do her Article 51 duty! So much for MOST of the law-ENFORCE-ment community of they be made up of so-called lukewarm officers of taking the Laissez-faire approach to RSA Ch. 643:1 "refrain" of being their "Official Oppression".

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