More than 1,000 officers gather to salute fallen Brentwood Officer Arkell
State Troopers line up during the law enforcement walk-through on eve of memorial service for Stephen Arkell, held at Exeter High School in Exeter on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Staff Photographer)
Arkell service detailsWhere: Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Drive, (315 Epping Road for GPS) on Route 27
When: Procession of law enforcement officers begins at 9:30 a.m. today at New England Dragway in Epping; memorial begins at 11 a.m.
Road closure: Route 27 will be closed in both directions from Old Town Farm Road in Exeter to the New England Dragway in Epping, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Access to high school: Drivers to the memorial will be allowed to access the high school until 9:30 a.m. Public vehicle access will be stopped when the procession reaches the high school.
Facebook: Exeter Police Department is posting road closures and other updates related to this week's memorial services for slain officer Stephen Arkell on its Facebook page, which can be found by searching “Exeter(NH) police” on the social media site.
Map: A link to a Yahoo! map for directions to Exeter High School can be found on the school's website, ehs.sau16.org/ehs/directions.cfm.
To donate to Arkell family: www.stevearkell.com.
Maj. Christopher Aucoin of New Hampshire State Police, one of several officers who led the organization of the walk-through, said police and firefighters would silently walk in single file past the casket, each one giving a salute to Arkell, who was shot and killed May 12 when he responded to a domestic disturbance call at a Brentwood home.
“Pretty much our entire department will be represented today or tomorrow,” Osgood said. “They come because it’s part of what we do.”
Law enforcement of all stripes will begin lining up at New England Dragway on Route 27 at 7 a.m. The 1.9-mile march to Exeter High School will begin at 9:30 a.m. sharp, with scores of officers on foot accompanied by motorcycles and police vehicles.
Aucoin said Hassan had confirmed her attendance at today’s memorial, as had U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen. Aucoin said Hassan will speak at the service, as will Col. Robert Quinn of New Hampshire State Police, Brentwood Police Chief Wayne Robinson, Exeter High School Athletic Director Bill Ball and others.
State Police Lt. Chris Vetter, who also has helped organize events, said the response has been hard to put into words.
Public calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Stockbridge Funeral Home in Exeter.
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