Sep 13, 2015 8:12 PM
Motorcycle tribute ride honors fallen Brentwood officer
MEREDITH - Just over a year after Brentwood police officer Stephen Arkell was shot and killed in the line of duty, he continues to be remembered by his colleagues, family, friends and community.
On Sunday, about 40 motorcyclists joined a tribute ride in his name.
Despite light rain, the riders took a nearly two-hour trip around Lake Winnipesaukee.
“Pretty wet. Continued drizzle and what have you, but it wasn’t bad," said Gerry Lavigne. "We had a good group of people, and that’s the main thing.”
Arkell served as a part-time officer and lost his life after responding to a domestic dispute call.
His killer later lit a home on fire, causing it to explode.
The organizer of Sunday's ride, the owner of the American Police Motorcycle Museum and also a former police officer, said he was impressed with the way the community rallied around the police department - honoring Arkell's selfless sacrifice.
“The way that they treated them and took care of them in the months after his passing – and it touched us and moves us to a point where we want to do something for the town, and for the police department," said museum owner Douglas Frederick. "Which is why we did this ride today.”
Funds raised from the motorcycle ride will benefit a memorial scholarship in Arkell's name.