In last month's newsletter (August 2018) I mentioned the final report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), reference the Mass Casualty Shooting on October 1, 2017.
During this brutal attack
58 people were murdered
more than 850 others were injured.
LVMPD Police Officer Charleston Hartfield
was one of those 58 people who were slain. He was off-duty and attending the music festival with his wife, Veronica. Officer Hartfield apparently sprang into action, as he had been trained to do, and he reportedly died while trying to protect others from the shots being fired.
Officer Hartfield joined LVMPD in January of 2006, but he was also a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran. He joined the Army in July of 2000 and he eventually became a paratrooper with the famed
82nd Airborne Division
. In 2003 he went to Iraq as part of the 82nd Division's
2nd Brigade Combat Team
. Hartfield was the recipient of two Army Commendation Medals and five Achievement Medals. He also achieved the rank of sergeant first class. In January of 2014 he transferred to the
Nevada National Guard
. He was still serving with the Guard when he was killed in October, 2017. All total he had accumulated 17 years of military service.
Brig. Gen. Zachary Dozier, of the
Nevada National Guard
, said this about Hartfield.
"He epitomizes everything good about being an American, a soldier, a police officer and a father. His loss is devastating."
Gen. Dozier also granted Hartfield a posthumous promotion to first sergeant.
The funeral was conducted by both the military and the LVMPD and more than 3,000 people filled the church.
About a year before he died Officer Hartfield created a computer file titled "Charleston Hartfield Memorial Service." In it, he told his wife, "Veronica, if you're reading this, I've been called home. Please do not allow anyone to wear black; black is totally depressing." In the computer file he also stated, "I would like everyone to enjoy themselves. And remember me for who I was."
Officer Hartfield even wrote a book entitled, "Memoirs of a Public Servant." It was published in July of 2017, several months before he was killed.
I read many of the book reviews that were done by people who bought the book. One in particular struck me, and the reviewer wrote,
"This everyday hero made it through Iraq and the streets of Las Vegas only to die by a coward from 32 floors up. That alone drew me to want to read his memoir."
I couldn't agree more, and I've also purchased a copy of the book, too. I want to read about this exceptional individual who served his country in both war, and in peace.
Officer Hartfield is survived by his wife Veronica and two children, 15-year old Ayzayah and 9-year old Savannah.