EXETER, N.H. (WHDH) -
A public memorial service was held Wednesday morning at the Exeter High School, to honor fallen officer Steve Arkell.
For the first time, the fellow officer who also responded to the scene is talking about losing a friend. Derek Franek of the Freemont Police Department, showed up to the scene knowing shots had been fired. He used to work for the Brentwood Police Department and knew Officer Arkell well.
He told seacoastonline.com, "I was trying to be there for Steve to the best of my ability. On that afternoon I wanted to do anything and everything I could do to help him."
Franek also said, "You never saw the guy in a bad mood. He was the nicest guy in the world. All the accolades he's been getting are true."
A procession started at 9:30 a.m., with hundreds of police officers to join the memorial ceremony. The procession began at the New England Dragway on Route 27 in Epping and will go to Exeter High School.
Tuesday night thousands of first responders gathered in Exeter to honor fallen officer Steve Arkell and his family.
Arkell was shot and killed last week while responding to a domestic dispute at a house in Brentwood.
Growing up Arkell attended Exeter High, his daughters still attend the school and he coached the girls’ lacrosse team.