May 14, 2015 12:53 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Brentwood patrolman Steve Arkell left behind a spirit – and a smile – that his department will never forget.
This week, his life and ultimate sacrifice was remembered by his colleagues, family and thousands of other law enforcement officers from around the globe. Arkell was 1 of more than 100 officers who was killed in the line of duty in 2014.
“We still think about it everyday. It’s still fresh," said Brentwood Police Dept. Lt. David Roy. "I’m sure it’s going to be that way for awhile.”
Roy and nearly every other member of the Brentwood Police Dept. is visiting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this week. Among a large schedule of events was a candlelight vigil on Wednesday evening.
Of the 20,000 names of fallen officers engraved into the marble memorial walls, about 40 of them are from the Granite State.
"New Hampshire is no stranger to violence against officer said Dover Officer Steve Petrin, who is visiting with friends from other departments. "Unfortunately, the past few years, we’ve added names to the wall.”
About a quarter of a million people visit the law enforcement memorial each year.
During the annual Police Week ceremonies, families of all officers killed in the line of duty are invited to attend.
“To see the strength of our brotherhood, and the size, the resolve of all of us to be down here together – it’s just overwhelming," said Officer Derek Frenek of the Fremont Police Dept.
More than a dozen officers from various New Hampshire law enforcement officers were in attendance. Many proudly wore pins with a state symbol.
“The communities back home, at least in New Hampshire anyway, [are] really, really supportive of law enforcement," Lt. Roy said. "I’m glad I work there.”
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