Police Officer Charles David Hartman

Police Officer Charles David Hartman

Lee's Summit Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, May 1, 1983

Charles David Hartman

Officer Charles Hartman drowned while attempting to rescue a man from the Little Blue River in Kansas City, Missouri. During the rescue attempt Officer Hartman, who was in scuba gear, was struck by a log and he was knocked unconscious. Other members of the rescue team immediately attempted to rescue him. He was eventually pulled from the river and flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Hartman was a member of the Jackson County Underwater Rescue Team, which was composed of officers from several different agencies.

Officer Hartman had served with the agency for 7 years was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 8001

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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To my "Brother" David -- for you were a big brother to me, and dear to my folks too. You rescued me so many times from my own mistakes ... and when I'm in duress, and in need of rescue, you visit me in my dreams. Still making me laugh. Still showing me the way. And always I say in my dream, "But David, you're dead. How can you be here?" and he replies, "Lori, I'm not dead. I'm right here." Thank you for being here, then and now. I, and my folks, love you dearly and cherish your memory. Family dinners, holidays, birthdays, fun days, drinking lemonade and laughing until you made that loud honking sound. I love you , forever and always, my big brother.

Laura Crowley Lynch
Family friend "little sister"

March 20, 2015

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