Route 125 in Brentwood, NH Named for Fallen Officer Stephen Arkell
The section of Route 125 that runs through Brentwood was dedicated to fallen police officer Stephen Arkell during a ceremony Saturday evening.
The 17-year-veteran of the department was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2014 when responding to a violent domestic call on Mill Pond Road. A report by the state Attorney General's Office concluded that Michael Nolan opened fire and struck Arkell in the eye.
Nolan then set multiple fires in the house causing it to explode.
Officer Joshua Turner, the last active member of the Brentwood Police Department who served with Arkell addressed the ceremony wearing a badge with black tape across it.
"Officer Stephen Arkell, our brother, our friend, in us you live forever," Turner said.
Turner told WMUR that it is their responsibility to make sure new officers know Arkell's legacy and about how he lost his life.
U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH, was among those at the ceremony at the Swasey School and watched Arkell's daughters pull the cover off a highway sign.
"Today, Granite Staters came together to dedicate the Officer Stephen Arkell Memorial Highway. We will never forget his courage and sacrifice," Hassan wrote on her Twitter account.
Rep. Chris Pappas was at the ceremony.
"I was honored to join the dedication of the Officer Stephen Arkell Memorial Highway this evening. There is no one who could better represent the spirit of the community of Brentwood along its most important thoroughfare than Officer Arkell," Rep. Chris Pappas wrote on his Twitter account.
State Police honored Arkell with a helicopter fly-over.