Thousands of people gathered on Thursday, October 5, to remember a Las Vegas police officer who was killed during the mass shooting near the Mandalay Bay nearly a week ago.
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".
October 5, 2017: Veronica Hartfield, stands with her son, Ayzayah Hartfield during a candlelight vigil for her husband, Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield.
His friend Sgt. Ryan Fryman told the crowd Hartfield was "the greatest American I have ever known".
The 58 victims killed ranged in ages from 20 to 67. He was 34 years old and a father of two.
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The vigil opened up with the color guard presentation and a few words from a chaplain. Mrs. Veronica Hartfield and her two sons, a boy and a girl, sat in the front row. He heroically sacrificed his life to do his duty and escort other panicked concertgoers to safety after he made sure his wife was safe. I kept getting the question, were you good friends with Charles?
When Troy Rhett of Las Vegas heard about the attack unfolding on Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival, he texted his friend Charles Hartfield.
Every single Metro officer had nothing but praise for Officer Hartfield and continuously mentioned his fierce love for his family.
An officer closed the vigil with the following Calvin Coolidge quote chosen by Officer Hartfield to honor fallen officers, "No person was ever honored for what he received".
One of Hartfield's colleagues started a GoFundMe page for the family in this time of need.