Thousands attend memorial service for slain off-duty Las Vegas police officer

Brandon Parsons
October 7, 2017

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo attends a service at Police Memorial Park in Las Vegas, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in memory of Charleston Hartfield, an off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was killed in the mass shooting on the Strip.

Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser, commander, Nevada Army National Guard, said in the statement, "Sgt. 1st Class Hartfield epitomizes everything good about America and those who wear the uniform representative of the most powerful Army in the world".

A service for Hartfield is set for 6 p.m. PT Thursday at Police Memorial Park in Las Vegas, the newspaper said.

"Charlie loved his country and his city", one friend told the crowd. "And he was one of those who took it far above and beyond the football field". Hartfield formerly served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. Hartfield joined the LVMPD in 2002 where he worked in various departments throughout his career.

The vigil opened up with the color guard presentation and a few words from a chaplain.

"Charlie was the hardest working man I've ever known". Mrs. Veronica Hartfield and her two sons, a boy and a girl, sat in the front row. "He did this for his family", a Metro officer said, according to KVVU.

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.

The officer said he was about 7 hours into his shift when he received the first radio calls of an active shooter.

One of Hartfield's colleagues started a GoFundMe page for the family in this time of need. "Honor has been the reward for what he gave".

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