Murdered Las Vegas Officer Charleston Hartfield Left Instructions On His Computer In Case Of Death
Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Charleston Hartfield, who was murdered during the October 1 Las Vegas mass shooting, left behind instructions on his computer for his funeral.
Officer Hartfield, age 34, was buried on Friday after a private graveside service, according to Fox News.
The instructions reflect on who Officer Hartfield was, and the legacy he left behind.
His funeral was attended by more than 2000 family members, friends, police officers, and military officers, and included a motorcade escort down the Las Vegas strip.
The 11-year veteran police officer, who was 34-years-old, was off-duty the night of the mass shooting.
Officer Hartfield's wife Veronica found the file with instructions about his funeral on their computer after his death.
In the note, Officer Hartfield said, "If you’re reading this, then I’ve been called home. Nothing I type will make this any easier, so I will get to the facts.
"My largest request: Please do not allow anyone to wear black. Black is totally depressing and I don’t want anyone expressing their sorrow over my passing."
He also asked that Nina Simone and Johnny Cash songs be played during his funeral.
Officer Hartfield also said in his note, “I would like for everyone to enjoy themselves. And remember me for who I was. The truth only. None of that stuff about how great I was. Only real stories."
Brigadier General Zachary Doser of the Nevada Army National Guard said that 'Chucky', Officer Hartfield's nickname, was "an inspiration, a mentor and a quick wit."
He said that Officer Hartfield served in the military, including deployments to Iraq, and in a quartermaster unit in the Nevada Guard.
Brig. Gen. Doser said that Officer Hartfield was "the epitome of everything good about being an American."
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said that Officer Hartfield was "a remarkable person" killed by an "unremarkable person."
He said that Officer Hartfield's death was classified as on-duty because of his heroic actions where "he tried to shield, protect and shepherd people in a concert crowd from danger."
"That night, in a hail of gunfire, Charlie's last actions spoke for him. He took actions to save lives."
Officer Hartfield had requested to be buried in a veteran's area so he could continue to "protect" the U.S. with other buried veterans.
In his note, he said “The only way I would like to be placed in the ground is if it’s in a veteran’s area. That way myself and the crusty old vets can hold formations and continue to protect and serve our great country once more."
Before Officer Hartfield was killed, he wrote a book, ‘Memoirs of a Public Servant‘, which has received positive reviews. Let’s see if we can make it a best-seller and help support his family.