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Mourners recall Arkell's humorous side
Public calling hours for Stephen Arkell, the part-time Brentwood police officer killed in the line of duty, were held Thursday at Stockbridge Funeral Home in Exeter. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Alison MacDonald, Kim Surette and Allison Provost gathered at the Stockbridge Funeral Home as a light rain fell. They were among the mourners who attended the service that was the last scheduled event for the fallen Brentwood officer.
Nolan, 47, perished in an explosion that followed, according to police.
MacDonald, Surette and Provost — all Massachusetts residents — hugged each other as they recalled Arkell and his sense of humor.
They all know Arkell’s wife Heather and had worked with her back in the 1990s at a Marshalls in Andover, Mass.
And, yes, Stephen Arkell proudly displayed his break dancing ability at each wedding, they said as smiles crossed their faces.
“I’m glad I started that now because people are trying to support her and we can get that information out quicker because of that group I started a while ago,” MacDonald said.
Other mourners shared their memories of Arkell and his friendly, easygoing nature.
“His smile was just contagious,” Jim Dinneen said after he returned from the funeral home to his parked car.
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