Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Nevada, sadly reports the death of Officer Charleston Hartfield.
Officer Hartfield, 34, was shot and killed while attending the Route 91 Country Music Festival concert. Hartfield was rendering aid and cover for some of the victims of the active shooting situation during the concert when he was fatally struck by one of the gunman’s bullets.
Hartfield served the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 11 years. Furthermore, he served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team for four years out of Fort Bragg. As a result, he was deployed to Iraq during his active duty service. He was currently serving the Nevada National Guard in the 100th Quartermaster Division as a Sergeant 1st Class.
“He gave up his life for this country,” a relative of Hartfield said. “Just to be taken out like this. You don’t understand. He’s got two little babies.”
Hartfield posted a photo of a Route 91 Harvest banner to Facebook. Country singer Jason Aldean was performing when a gunman opened fire at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500 others. The suspect later killed himself.
Moreover, Hartfield coached a youth football team, friend Troy Rhett said.
“Coach Hartfield touched many lives both on and off the field,” Henderson Cowboys, a youth football organization, posted on its Facebook page. “He was a great man who we all lost way too early. Players and alumni, Coach Chucky would want you to keep to the plan and keep moving forward.”
Rhett knew Hartfield for almost eight years. He told the paper he was texting with him Sunday night before the mayhem and hoped he would hear back.
“I figured he was probably busy helping others,” Rhett told the newspaper. “I don’t know a better man than Charles. They say it’s always the good ones we lose early. Our hearts have just been very heavy since hearing the news.”
Stan King, another of Hartfield’s friends, described the officer as “the most true-blue American guy” he’s ever met.
Hartfield had also authored “Memoirs of a Public Servant” in which he documents his experiences of serving his community as a police officer in Las Vegas.
His wife, a son and daughter survive him.
Officer Charleston Hartfield is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Sunday, October 1, 2017.
(Courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)
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