As this issue goes to press, we are all still reeling from the October 1 shooting at the Route 91 Festival. As we continue to deal with the fallout and move forward together as a community, we also reflect on our lives, our choices and the things that are most important to us — friends, family and knowing that what we do professionally matters. No one on the Department needs to doubt that their service to the city of Las Vegas is worthwhile and that they, personally, have made a difference after this tragedy. As our Sheriff said in a press conference, without the fast action of our brave officers —those on the ground as well as those racing to the 32nd floor — hundreds more could have been killed.
I talk more about your Association’s response to this terrible incident on page 16. But as we head into the holiday season with heavy hearts over the loss of our brother, Charlie Hartfield, I encourage you to take comfort in your loved ones and know that thousands of the concert attendees will be spending time with their families this year because of your courage under fire.
Please know that the LVPPA is here to help you in any way we can, and don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us. As you enjoy the holidays, continue to pray for the victims, their families and the recovery of the injured. Above all, stay safe.