Thousands gather with candlelight display for funeral of a police officer, ex-soldier and father of two who died saving lives in Vegas shooting.

After what was truly and unforgettable and devastated night, thousands gathered on Thursday night to remember a police officer, ex-soldier and father of two who was one of 58 people killed by the Las Vegas shooter on Sunday.

Charleston Hartfield, an 11-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan PD and father to a 15-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, was on his annual visit to the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the 22,000 people in attendance.

Photos from his Instagram and Facebook feeds show him and his wife, Veronica, pulling funny faces in selfies (one of Hartfield seen inset) just hours before chaos broke out. In that moment, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said, Hartfield - who had also put in 16 years of active military service - went into action to save lives, giving up his his own in the process.

Veronica, their son Ayzayah (both pictured left), 15, and their daughter Savannah, 9, all wept - as did several of Hartfield's colleagues (right) - during the ceremony, which was held at the city's Police Memorial Park.

Hartfield died a hero, and will always be remembered as one.