Arkell 5K brings out about a thousand runners and walkers
BRENTWOOD - About a thousand people came out to run, walk, or cheer on those participating in the second annual Stephen Arkell 5K in honor of the fallen officer who was killed in the line of duty two years ago.
Runners and walkers of all ages took to the streets during a soggy morning to bring the community together to remember Officer Arkell.
"I think he'd be amazed, I think he would not believe the turnout the past two years" said Arkells' older brother David Arkell.
Arkell is remembered as a loving husband, dedicated father and coach, and also the communities animal control officer.
"I had asked him some help about a cat stuck in a tree and he pulled me aside and says, 'Josh let me tell you, don't ever go get a cat up a tree,'" said Officer Joshua Turner.
Turner worked with Arkell for more than a decade and is one of the founders of the 5K and The Stephen Arkell Memorial Fund.
"We really wanted a way for the town to come together and event the greater community of Brentwood to have a day to come together to really remember what Steve was all about and that was helping people out," he said.
Over the year, they raised about $72,000 - those funds helped to establish the memorial foundation. This year they're awarding two scholarships to students at Exeter High School in honor of Arkell.
"That really does continue Steve's memory on for people who never even knew him" Turner said.
This year, they are anticipating to raise about $50,000 from the 5K - enough money for the scholarships to be awarded for years to come.
"It's going to continue to help this community for a long time" Turner said.