When the shooting broke out at the Route 91 Festival, off-duty LVMPD Officer Charleston Hartfield, who was attending the event with his wife, Veronica, did not hesitate. His military and police experience kicked in, and he immediately took action —assessing the area, trying to locate the shooter and escorting people to safety. While he saved many lives that night, he lost his own in the process.
Hartfield joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 2002, after a 16-year Army career that included a year-long deployment in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division in 2003. After leaving the military and joining the LVMPD, he continued to serve as a sergeant first class in the Nevada Army National Guard , assigned to the 100th Quartermaster Company. In his off time, Hartfield was a youth football coach for the Henderson Cowboys. Somehow, among these numerous activities, Officer Hartfield also authored a book about his career experiences, Memoirs of a Public Servant. A dedicated family man, he leaves behind his wife, Veronica; 15-year-old son, Ayzayah; and 9-year-old daughter, Savannah.
Officer Charleston Hartfield, you will be remembered by a grateful city, your colleagues at the LVMPD and the many people whose lives you touched.