Police Officer Charles David Hartman

Police Officer Charles David Hartman

Lee's Summit Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, May 1, 1983

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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 best friend. I miss you every day. My daughter AMY was forever touched by your passing. She loved you so much. Doing your death investigation was one of the worst days of my life, I so miss our time together. Wish I had been there, the way you were so many times for me.
Forever brothers.

Gordon Cockrell

Lee’s Summit Police

April 12, 2019

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