10-year-old FL boy runs a mile for every officer killed in line of duty

10-year-old FL boy runs a mile for every officer killed in line of duty

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - One young man in Florida is lacing up his sneakers and running for a cause.

So far, he’s clocked 10 miles. Each mile is dedicated to a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty.

Zechariah Cartledge runs one mile for every officer killed in the line of duty.
Zechariah Cartledge runs one mile for every officer killed in the line of duty.

Zechariah Cartledge is combining his passion for running and his admiration for law enforcement to create a platform.

He calls it 'Running 4 Heroes' and he doesn't plan on stopping any time soon.

He has 148 miles he has to run now, and that’s just for officers killed in 2018.

The 10-year-old boy is combining his passion for running and his admiration of law enforcement.
The 10-year-old boy is combining his passion for running and his admiration of law enforcement.

“Hey, everybody. It’s Zechariah,” said Zechariah to his Facebook followers in a video. “I run one mile for each 2018-19 police officer that has died.”

With a flag in his hand and passion in his heart, he puts on his running shoes and names the officer he’s dedicating his run to.

“I will be doing a quick prayer for Wytasha Carter, and I’ll be on my way,” he said.

This boy from Winter Springs, Florida, runs for officers killed all around the nation.

Zechariah ran a mile for Sgt. Wytasha Carter.
Zechariah ran a mile for Sgt. Wytasha Carter.

“With every run that Zechariah does, he runs carrying the blue stripe flag,” said his father Chad Cartledge.

He recorded as his son runs four laps around the block for Sgt. Carter.

“He was an Air Force Veteran,” said Zechariah about Sgt. Carter. “And he leaves behind a wife and children.”

Just a few hours after that run, Zechariah got the news about Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder, who was shot and killed while trying to make an arrest.

And within minutes, he was back out with his flag and his sneakers.

Zechariah ran a mile for Officer Sean Tuder.
Zechariah ran a mile for Officer Sean Tuder.

“The reason why I wanted to do it tonight is because I’m furious about this,” the 10-year-old boy said in his second video that day. “This war against police somehow is not going to peace. It keeps going on. It needs to stop.”

“He’s taking a God-given talent to run, and using that to impact the world,” said his father. “You think, well, there’s only so much you can do with running, but he’s showing you can take any talent and change the world.”

Zechariah said, with every mile, he hopes to bring awareness to the sacrifice each officer makes every day to keep us safe.

“Zechariah, any closing words regarding Sgt. Carter?” his father asks after Zechariah finished his fourth lap.

“Just, um, bless him, bless his family, bless the police department, he was an amazing person,” he said.

Zechariah is raising money for the Tunnel to Towers, which is a foundation that honors the sacrifice military and first responders make for our country. You can donate by clicking here.

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