Maine State Police Col. John Cote holds a press conference on Wednesday afternoon regarding the death of detective Ben Campbell.  Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik

Thousands of members of the public and representatives from law enforcement agencies attended the Tuesday morning funeral service in Portland for Detective Ben Campbell of the Maine State Police.

The service at the Cross Insurance Arena comes nearly a week after a wheel that detached from a logging truck on Interstate 95 in Hampden struck Campbell as he helped a driver whose car had spun off the snowy highway.

A procession of state police vehicles on Monday brought Campbell’s body from Millinocket, where he lived with his wife, Hilary, and 6-month-old son, Everett, to Portland for the service.

At least 18 law enforcement agencies from all across Maine and New England, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and U.S. Coast Guard, came to Portland to pay their respects to the fallen state police detective.

“He understood just because he was arresting someone did not mean that person was a career criminal,” said Col John Cote of the Maine State Police.“His constant smile, genuine compassion for people and his respect for them was evident to those he dealt with.”

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Read the Bangor Daily News’ coverage of the accident that killed Campbell and details on Tuesday’s service.

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