In any place where people come together to live as one community, historically, authorities and law enforcement have been called upon by us to step forward to protect us. And for those who answer the call, all too often, that sworn responsibility means paying the ultimate price.
One young Florida boy, 10-year-old Zechariah Cartledge, decided that he wanted to recognize the police officers of his own community to make sure everyone properly appreciated what those law enforcement officers do … after he recently heard about something terrible that had happened to them.
Zechariah had recently learned that two members of the local Police Department had been killed on the job—and so, he was inspired to run a mile “for every fallen officer in both 2018 and 2019,” according to his father, Chad Cartledge.
Holding a “Blue Lives Matter” flag aloft, Zechariah took to the streets and ran a set distance for the fallen heroes, and then he ended his run by honoring the two local officers, Sgt. Wytasha Carter of Birmingham, Alabama, and Officer Sean Tuder of Mobile, Alabama, just hours after learning about Tuder’s death.
RIP Officer Tuder. Our son runs for you.https://www.facebook.com/Running4Heroes/videos/373203820131144/
Today at 5:45pm ET, Zechariah will run with the blue striped flag for 1-Mile in honor of fallen Birmingham Police Department (AL) Major Crimes Sergeant Wytasha Carter.EOW: 1/13/19Cause: Gunfire
The Mobile officer had been investing what was believed to be a burglary in progress when he was shot, leaving the community devastated.
Zechariah’s family shared his story on Facebook, explaining that the runs aren’t “for comments, likes or views.”
“He runs because he truly cares about our First Responder’s and wants to make sure they know that what they do is appreciated. That is why he runs.”
Zechariah honoring fallen Birmingham Police Department (AL) Major Crimes Sergeant Wytasha Carter with a 1-mile run.
由 Running for Heroes 发布于 2019年1月20日周日
According to USA Today, national statistics reported that 144 police officers died in the line of duty in 2018. Although the nation had seen a trend of those numbers going down in 2017, the statistics reversed and went back up this past year.
The young boy runs in their honor, but also tries to raise money in the process, collecting funds for the Tunnel to Towers foundation. Through his runs, he’s managed to raise over $11,000 for families who have lost loved ones in first responder and military-related professions, and once again hopes to collect funds for the families and children left behind as the new year starts up.
Running is no easy feat, and doing it while letting a large flag unfurl behind you is even more difficult. But with conviction like this, it’s clear that the weight and difficulty is nothing to young Zechariah, who has been running since he was 6 years old and shows no signs of slowing down.
“From the bottom of our families hearts, thank you ALL for the encouragement,” his family wrote. “As Zechariah said in last nights video, he will continue to run for our fallen LEO’s and has no intention to stop. Ever.”
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