Slain Las Vegas cop inspired kids as football coach

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Youth football team remembers slain Las Vegas cop
A beloved 34-year-old officer and youth football team coach was remembered at a vigil in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (KTRK) -- At vigils across Las Vegas, victims of Sunday night's deadly mass shooting were honored with stories, balloons and through tears.

One such victim, Charleston Hartfield, was remembered not only for his bravery in his final moments, but in the young lives he touched as a youth football coach.

Hartfield was a Las Vegas cop who found himself rushing to save someone at the country music concert where 59 were killed.

Sadly, he made the ultimate sacrifice for that stranger, dying there in the shadow of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel.

Hundreds gathered to remember Hartfield, who was remembered for volunteering so many hours with the Henderson Cowboys football team during his free time.

The children he coached, ages 6 to 14, are taking this loss hard, understandably.

"Replacing a mentor like that is very difficult, as many people definitely coach, but certainly coaches take it to heart in guiding the next generation of young men and women, and he was one of those who took it far above and beyond the football field," DC Stratton said.

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