Steve Arkell was a family man who was deeply committed to his community and his job, several speakers told thousands of mourners from across the region who gathered in Exeter yesterday to remember the Brentwood police officer, the Concord Monitor reports.

“Steve died doing what he loved and did best: helping the people of Brentwood,” said the town’s police chief, Wayne Robinson, at the memorial service.

Arkell, a 48-year-old part-time officer, died May 12 when he was shot while responding to a domestic dispute in Brentwood.

Thousands of officers gathered yesterday in a 2-mile-long procession from the New England Dragway to the memorial service at Exeter High School’s stadium.

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