Nearly 2,000 team up to support fallen officer Steve Arkell
BRENTWOOD - Nearly 2,000 people joined together to run/walk in the first Officer Arkell 5K on Saturday morning.
Arkell was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call last year.
"If my uncle was here right now - if he was still here, he'd be both proud and really just stunned at how much people went into this," said Bryan Arkell, Steve's nephew.
Arkell was recalled by many speakers at Saturday's ceremony as a man who lived to serve others - as a part-time cop, coach and carpenter.
Most of all - he was a friend.
"He was so passionate and so enthusiastic," said Laura Goodwin, who has Arkelle as a lacrosse coach last year. "He was the perfect coach. He encompassed all of the qualities I hope to have one day."
Organizers said the event raised about $60,000 for a scholarship fund in Arkell's name at Exeter High School, his alma mater.
They hope to continue the event annually.