Officer Charles David Hartman - May 1st, 1983.
"He Who Gave His Life For His Fellow Man"
On May 1st 1983, Officer Hartman responded to the Little Blue River in Northern Lee's Summit. Heavy rains had caused flash flooding in the area and canoers were trapped in the swollen Little Blue River. Officer Hartman did not hesitate to respond as he was also a member of the Lee's Summit Underwater Rescue/Recovery Unit. Upon preparing himself and his gear Officer Hartman entered the river to rescue the stranded citizens. As he was swimming out to the citizens Officer Hartman was struck by a log moving down the heavy river current at approximately 30 mph. Officer Hartman lost consciousness and went under water. Other rescue divers pulled Officer Hartman from the river and transported him to the hospital. Unfortunately Officer Hartman did not survive the incident.
David's sacrifice and dedication to duty and to the citizens of Lee's Summit will not be forgotten. He is remembered every year during the memorial service and every day in our hearts. Dave's picture is emblazoned on a monument that rests at the entrance to the Lee's Summit Police Department. On the monument is a most fitting tribute to Dave, or any hero. It reads: "Who gave his life for his fellow man."
Additionally, Officer Hartman's name is engraved on a permament display set up in the lower atrium of the police department which recognizes local officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
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