Remembering a hero: Funeral held for Las Vegas police officer killed on 1 October

Officer Hartfield

Today, one of our fallen heroes was laid to rest.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Charleston Hartfield was off-duty the night of '1 October', when he was killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The lives of 58 innocent people were lost in the shooting.

“Charlie" or "Coach Chucky," as some liked to call him, was only 34 years old. He was not only a police officer but an accomplished Nevada Army National Guard sergeant first class as well as a local youth football coach.

Those closest to him say he was most proud of two other titles, though: husband and father of two.

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“He was just an awesome, awesome husband to my cousin and his beautiful children, Isiah and Savanna. That was his life, that is just how I knew of him, he’s been a part of our family since they were 15 years old,” said Rhonda Murray, Officer Hartfield’s wife’s cousin.

Officer Hartfield met his wife in high school.

Hartfield wrote a book titled "Memoirs of a Public Servant,” which was released on July 1, just three months before his death. His writings document the "thoughts, feelings, and interactions of one Police Officer in the busiest and brightest city in the world, Las Vegas."

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Charleston Hartfield's memorial procession Friday began at Palm Mortuary in downtown Las Vegas, moving past the Las Vegas Strip and the site of the '1 October' mass shooting.

The procession then moved to the officer’s funeral location which took place at 11 a.m. at Central Christian Church in Henderson.

An afternoon motorcade the moved the fallen Officer from the church to Boulder City for private graveside services at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

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