Metro officer Charleston Hartfield's life honored in candlelight vigil

  • Metro officer Charleston Hartfield's life honored in candlelight vigil

Metro officer Charleston Hartfield's life honored in candlelight vigil

Every single Metro officer had nothing but praise for Officer Hartfield and continuously mentioned his fierce love for his family. That was the epitome of who Charles was.

The emotional service attracted thousands of people who came to pay tribute to respected officer Charleston Hartfield, a father of two who had been attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert when he was shot and killed, along with 57 others, during Steven Paddock's murderous rampage.

"Charlie Hartfield was the greatest American I have ever known", Sgt. Ryan Fryman told the crowd in Las Vegas, who raised candles and surrounded Hartfield's widow and two children. Also, one Nevada Guard Airman was injured while running from the attack, and her injuries are non-life threatening.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal said the body of Hartfield, 34, was escorted by officers from several agencies Tuesday evening to the Palm Downtown Mortuary and Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest, police said. The book's description reads, "Documenting the thoughts, feelings, and interactions of one police officer in the busiest and brightest city in the world, Las Vegas. Some calls are over in an instant while others stick with you forever". Some plugged bullet holes with their fingers, others helped strangers to safety and drove the wounded to the hospital, and still other used their own bodies to shield those more vulnerable than themselves from gunfire.

"Sgt. 1st Class Hartfield epitomizes everything good about America", said Brig.

"Then while I'm sitting there eating my much-anticipated Chipotle on my lunch break, radio broadcast... active shooter at the Mandalay Bay Hotel".