May 13, 2015 11:00 AM

Fallen Brentwood officer, other NH heroes to be honored at D.C. memorial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - It was just over 1 year ago when part-time Brentwood Police Patrolman Steve Arkell lost his life responding to a reported domestic disturbance call.

Now, his name will be engraved in a marble wall with more than 20,000 other officers at a memorial in our a nation's capital.

Arkell was shot and killed by a suspect who later lit his Mill Pond Road home on fire, causing an explosion, on May 12 of last year.

The late patrolman is 1 of more than 100 police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2014 who will be honored Wednesday in a candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Tens of thousands of police officers and visitors from around the country are expected to attend the vigil. Annually, the memorial attracts a quarter of a million people.

Among the attendees is Arkell's wife, Heather, and their two daughters whom he used to coach in lacrosse at Exeter High School. Other members of Arkell's family are expected to attend Wednesday's vigil as well, in addition to a majority of the Brentwood Police Dept.

"He stood for community, integrity, honesty," said Arkell's brother, David, in an interview with NH1 News last month. "When someone is taken from you at such an early age, and such good health with two teenage daughters and a wife, it's a very difficult thing."

Arkell has been remembered through various memorials, and a 5K race was started in his honor this year. At the first race, about 2,000 people participated and more than $50,000 was raised for a student scholarship created in his name.

"I'm amazed at all the support," Heather Arkell formerly told NH1 News.

Wednesday's vigil begins at 8 p.m.

NH1 News will have live, on-site reports in Wednesday's newscasts, beginning at 5 p.m.


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