Runners carry name of Vegas officer
The name of a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer killed in the Oct. 1 mass shooting travelled through Douglas County on Wednesday.
Charleston Hartfield was killed in the line of duty, and his name was added to those at the annual Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony on Thursday.
U.S. Park Ranger Thomas TK Brown, who died during a training exercise at Lake Mead on Aug. 31, 1973, was also added.
The memorial was dedicated in 1998, and since 1999 peace officers from across the state have participated in a relay to bring the names of 131 people who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty.
“We had 14 runners plus the K-9 Team, SWAT Team, DCSO Explorer Cadets and NHP academy cadets,” Capt. Jim Halsey, who has coordinated and participated in the run for most of the last two decades.
Halsey ran with the baton in Topaz Ranch Estates on Wednesday.
“Everything went very well,” he said. “There was a good showing of support from the community. So many people cheered as runners passed by them.”
Washoe Tribe Police Department Sgt. Casey Ryan also participated with Douglas County on Wednesday.
Runners started in Las Vegas on April 25 with one leg of the run representing each officer on the memorial.
Wednesday’s run was the last one for Undersheriff Paul Howell before he retires at the end of the year. Howell has served with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years, starting out as a deputy.
More than 100 police honor guard members from across the state, accompanied by a pipe and drum corps, buglers, rifles teams and horse-mounted officers were expected to participate in the memorial service.
Mesquite resident Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was identified as the lone suspect involved in the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that left 58 people dead and 851 injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting by a single individual in the United States.
Paddock opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concert-goers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel at 10:08 p.m. Oct. 1, 2017, according to a release issued by Metro. The victims were across the street attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival Country-Western concert when bullets rang out.
Hartfield was a U.S. Army and Nevada National Guard veteran, who was attempting to shield others from the bullets being fired from above.