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May 14. 2014 9:26PM

Slain officer's family to receive financial help

A combination of state, national and private financial support will be available to the family of slain Brentwood police officer Stephen Arkell.

Under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Act, signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1977, Arkell’s wife will receive a death benefit of $333,605.

Additionally, Arkell’s daughters are eligible for a four-year college scholarship of about $1,000 a month while attending college full- time, or $500 if attending part-time.

New Hampshire also enacted legislation that calls for the treasurer to pay $100,000 to the family of an officer killed in the line of duty.

The Hundred Club of New Hampshire, founded in 1966 to provide help to families of officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty, will give Arkell’s widow $10,000 to help with immediate expenses.

Michael Bucci, executive director, said Wednesday The Hundred Club will contact the Arkell family at an “appropriate time” to provide the financial assistance.

He said a family can sometimes wait a year or more to receive the government benefits, so his group, which consists of more than 1,000 members, gives the family the money as soon as possible,.

Arkell, 48, who was shot dead Monday by 47-year-old Michael Nolan while answering a domestic call at Mill Pond Crossing in Brentwood.

The Hundred Club also provides up to $26,000 annually to cover college expenses for four years for the officer’s dependents.

In the past two years, the group has paid out more than $2.5 million in scholarships and financial aid to dependent widows and children of New Hampshire police officers and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Hundred Club also remembers family members with gifts on their birthdays, at Christmas and other holidays, and provides financial aid for children to attend summer camp.

Bucci said The Hundred Club keeps in touch with the families throughout the years, providing emotional support along with the financial help.

“We don’t stay in touch with them just at the time of the tragedy, but throughout their lives,” he said.

pgrossmith@unionleader.com


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