The Las Vegas police officer and U.S. Army service member who was among 58 people killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history provided instructions ahead of time to be read at his memorial.
Central Christian Church Pastor Mike Bodine told more than 2,000 people at Charleston Hartfield's funeral that it began, "If you're reading this, then I've been called home."
Along with heartfelt message to his family, it said people should not express sorrow about his passing but "enjoy themselves" and remember him for who he was.
"The truth only," it said. "None of that stuff about how great I was."
Friends, family members and police and military officials then spent more than an hour breaking his rule - including Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser, the head of the Nevada Army National Guard.
He praised Hartfield, who served in the U.S. Army in Iraq, as the epitome of everything good about being an American, and posthumously promoted him to first sergeant.