Traffic on the Las Vegas Strip paused for a moment Friday as a blocks-long police motorcade passed the site where an off-duty officer was among 58 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
People crowded pedestrian bridges over Las Vegas Boulevard in the casino corridor as a phalanx of more than 50 police motorcycles led a pickup truck bearing the flag-draped casket of Officer Charleston Hartfield to a church in Henderson.
About 100 people, most taking photos and video, watched the motorcade pass the Mandalay Bay resort and the site of the Oct. 1 massacre.
One man bowed his head and wept as the long line passed.
Hartfield was 34, a married father of two and an 11-year police veteran.
Hartfield had left a letter his wife found that provided instructions ahead of time to be read at his memorial.
Central Christian Church Pastor Mike Bodine told more than 2,000 people at Charleston Hartfield’s funeral that it began, “If you’re reading this, then I’ve been called home.”
Along with heartfelt message to his family, it said people should not express sorrow about his passing but “enjoy themselves” and remember him for who he was.
“The truth only,” it said. “None of that stuff about how great I was.”
Friends, family members and police and military officials then spent more than an hour breaking his rule — including Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser, the head of the Nevada Army National Guard.
He praised Hartfield, who served in the U.S. Army in Iraq, as the epitome of everything good about being an American, and posthumously promoted him to first sergeant
Hartfield was buried at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.