Brentwood NH PD Officer Steven Arkell was killed on May 12th, just hours after LEU arrived in Washington DC. Officer Arkell leaves behind a devastated community and region. Officer Arkell not only served with the Brentwood Police Department, but also coached sports for many years and was the girls lacrosse coach at the Exeter Regional High School, which serves children from 6 towns in the Seacoast: Exeter, Brentwood, East Kingston, Kensington, Stratham, and Newfields, the loss of Officer Arkell has devastated a region.
The engraving of the names of the fallen has become a solemn event each year at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. This year 268 names are being added, being added to the over 20,000 names on the memorial. These officers will not be forgotten, though they gave their lives, many over a century ago, these officers memories will not fade to the ages. The NELOMF, COPS, ODMP, PUT, FOP, and LEU, as well as many others will not allow, members of these organisations are seeing to that.
After 87 years, the crew of the Coast Guard Patrol Boat, CG-238 will be remembered for their sacrifice February 20, 1927. It was on that date, the 8 man crew of CG-238 was on a law enforcement patrol in the waters off of Cape Cod Massachusetts. The boat encountered severe winter weather, gale force winds, and blinding snow squals. When the Coxswain of the vessel attempted to set anchor to ride out the storm, the seas proved to be too much and the anchor did not hold. The CG-238 requested assistance, but none was able to respond due to the storm. The CG-238 capsized and sank, all 8 crew members were lost. CG-238 was on Prohibition Patrol searching for "Rum-Runners" smuggling illegal alcoholic beverages into the US.
Now 87 years later, the following members will have their names joined with the over 21,000 other LE Officers who have lost their lives in the service to their communities and nation on the granite walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The crew of CG-238 consisted of BOSN CWO Jesse Rivenback (served 20 years, was 38 years old), BM1 Raymond Clark (served 3 months (prior US Navy WWI vet), was 27 years old (BM1 Clark's body washed ashore and was recovered), MM1 Cornelius Shea (served 2 years, was 38 years old), BM2 Charles Freeburn (served 1.5 years, was 33 years old (BM2 Freeburn's body washed ashore and was recovered)), MM2 Joseph Maxim (served 7 months (US Army Veteran), was 26 years old), MM2 Frank McCausland (served 2 months, was 23 years old), Coxswain Leo Kryznowski (served 2 months (WWI US Navy Veteran), was 25 years old), and SC3 Clarence Alexander (Served 3 months (US Navy Veteran), was 22 years old).
The crew of the CG-238 have been lost to time until a few years ago. Due to the diligent and loving work of Chris Cosgriff (founder of ODMP) and Officer Kevin Rofidal of the Edine MN Police Department and USCG Reserve, this tragic event would still be in the shadows. I am grateful the continued work of Chris and Kevin in uncovering this and diligently working with the US Coast Guard (Office of Commandant, Office of Law Enforcement, Master Chief of Reserve Forces, Office of Public Affairs, and Historian's Office) and the NLEOMF. The US Coast Guard was founding in the 1790 (as Revenue Cutter Service) and is one of the nations oldest Law Enforcement Agencies.
This Saturday, 9/21/13, Chris, Matt, Ben, Colton, and Jason will be joining with the SPD Ride to Remember. We will travel to Springfield Massachusetts to join with 140 of our brothers and sisters to ride 104 miles to Boston, MA with a elevation gain on the ride of 4,850 feet. We will ride to bring awareness to all of the Massachusetts and New Englands fallen, but to remember Officer Kevin Ambrose (EOW 6/4/12) of the Springfield PD and Officer Jose Torres (EOW 7/26/12) of the Westfield PD.
Sunday 6/30/13 at 7am riders began to arrive in Amesbury MA for the 3rd Annual TeamNE/LEU Metric Century Ride. The riders came from Maine, New Hampshire, Boston, Metro-Springfield, and even Arizona to ride either 60 miles or 33 miles in honor of fallen officers. among those riding were members of the SPD-Ride to Remember team, who, on 9/21/13, will be riding 96 miles from Springfield MA to Boston in honor of Officer Kevin Ambrose (EOW 6/4/12) and Officer Jose Torres (EOW 7/26/12).
At 8:24 am the ride began, led by Sgt. Albert Chatigny of the Amesbury Police Department in his cruiser. Behind the Sgt. were were 120 riders heading out ride through 15 municipalities, in 2 states, following signs marking the route, which each had the name of a New England Officer that was killed in the line of duty. When the riders returned to Amesbury, they had the option to climb Po Hill for the Moorhead/Schock/Yung Memorial King of the Mountain Challenge. The KOM was named in honor of fallen LEU Riders. Approximately 50 riders completed the challenge. All in all it was a great day to remember the fallen and bring about awareness of the needs of survivors. Thanks for coming out to ride!
photo by Jeannine Bailey
Team New England, Law Enforcement United, and the LEU Metric Century are the subject of a wonderful article in the Newburyport Daily News: http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x746467363/I-just-want-people-to-remember-them
On May 17 Special Agents Stephen Shaw and Christopher Lorek (EOW 5/17/13) of the FBI where killed in a training accident off the Virginia Coast. SAs Shaw and Lorek were members of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team.
On May 19, in two officers gave their lives. Officer Daryl Raetz (EOW 5/19/13) of the Phoenix AZ Police Department was killed by a driver of an SUV that struck Officer Raetz who was arresting a drunk driver. The driver of the SUV was an illegal alien in possession of drugs, who fled the scene after striking and killing Officer Raetz.
Also on May 19, Deputy Sheriff Tim Causey (EOW 5/19/13) of the Horry County South Carolina Sheriff Department, died of complications from smoke inhalation. On May 16 Deputy Causey was among first responders at a massive fire of a condominium complex where 26 buildings were destroyed. That night Deputy Causey went into respiratory arrest from the smoke and was hospitalized where he fought for his life before passing on May 19th.
Keep these 4 Law Enforcement Professionals, their families, friends and agencies in your hearts.
Team New England and Law Enforcement United arrived yesterday in Washington DC, 400 riders strong for a ceremony at the Jefferson Memorial right on the National Basin. There, checks for the fundraising efforts of Law Enforcement United were presented to Concerns of Police Survivors and Officer Down Memorial Page. This year the fundraising reached a record level of $80,000 to ODMP and $150,000 to COPS.
Today the riders from Team New England will be meeting with survivors then this evening at the NLEOM the Candle Light Vigil will be held and the names of the officers added to the memorial will be read.
I attached the photo by Officer Chris Davis who rode in honor of Chief Maloney. Chris placed a Greenland PD patch next to Chief Maloney's name.
On Patriots Day, Boston and the world was attacked by cowards. In the quest for justice, 2 Massachusetts Law Enforcement Officers were victims, Officer Donahue and Officer Collier (EOW 4/18/13). The world mourned with us and have held us up in our time of sorrow. Please remember all the injured and the killed in those cowardly attacks.