Fallen officers honored at Maine ceremony

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Fallen officers were honored Thursday at a ceremony in Augusta.

Officer Stephen Arkell, who was killed this week during a domestic dispute in New Hampshire, was also honored with a moment of silence.

Officers from around the state gathered for the annual observance at the Maine Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. There were no new names added to the memorial this year in Maine, but the death of Officer Arkell in New Hampshire was on everyone's minds.

Mary Andrews was nine months pregnant when her husband Charles, was shot and killed during a bank robbery in South Berwick in 1964. Similar to Officer Arkell, he did not have time to draw his weapon to defend himself.

"He just didn't have a chance you know, this officer didn't either, so you know you don't know what it going to happen. That's why we have to honor them," Andrews said.

The names of all 83 officers killed in the line of duty since 1808 were read out loud.

If you would like to see the list of names you can go to maine.gov.


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