10-year-old pledges to run a mile for every fallen officer

A 10-year-old boy from Florida has pledged to run one mile for each of the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2018.

Zechariah Cartledge recently ran a mile for a Sullivan County sheriff's deputy, Sgt. Steve Hinkle, who was killed in the line of duty.

Chad Cartledge, Zechariah's dad, says his son’s run for Sgt. Hinkle is his 50th one-mile run since he started running for fallen officers on January 12.

Chad says his son is running in honor of every officer lost in 2018 and 2019.

Zechariah said that he was inspired by police officers, firefighters and veterans who participated in the Tunnels to Towers Run in Orlando last year.

"I also pray that officers are staying safe and hopefully no more pass away in the line of duty," Zechariah said.

Zechariah has raised over $27,000 for the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

He was recently awarded the state’s first-ever, "Back the Blue Award" from Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis.

Brittany Jennings


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