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Service times set for slain Brentwood officer

Union Leader Correspondent

May 15. 2014 9:14PM


EXETER — A third day has been added and some updates have been made to funeral services scheduled next week for Brentwood police officer Stephen Arkell, according to officials.

The services will be held at Exeter High School, his alma mater. (Officer Arkell’s obituary appears on Page A6.)Arkell was fatally shot May 12 after responding to a call for a domestic disturbance.

Officials from throughout the area ironed out the details of the services Thursday and agreed to make some updates.

A private wake for police and emergency personnel only is scheduled for Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Exeter High School gymnasium, according to the SAU 16 website. The high school is at 1 Blue Hawk Drive, Route 27, Exeter.

A public memorial service is set for Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the high school’s William Ball Stadium.

Officials agreed to hold the service at the stadium since it can accommodate the thousands of people that are anticipated to attend from New England, and possibly the nation, said Superintendent of Schools Michael Morgan.

“We are here to welcome the wider community to this event because it is such a terrible tragedy for the family as well as the wider community,” Morgan said.

The stadium has a capacity of about 6,000, he said.

And on Thursday, public calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stockbridge Funeral Home, 141 Epping Road, Exeter, according to officials.

Arkell moved with his family to Brentwood in 1971. He attended local schools and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1988. He became a builder and later joined the Brentwood Police Department in 1999. He was also the department’s animal control officer.

He coached lacrosse at Exeter High School; his two daughters, Kimberly and Lauren, are enrolled at the school.

Along with lacrosse, he also coached soccer and baseball for his two daughters and other local youths.

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