With flag in hand, 10-year-old Zechariah Cartledge is on a mission to pay tribute to officers and firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Last Saturday morning, June 15, marked his 160th mile since 2018. During this run, he honor three of our fallen heroes from last year.
“My goal is to just let people know officers are good people, and I really hope no more pass away from this,” Zechariah said in a Skype interview.
Zechariah uses each lap to reflect his respect: “I really want to do my all for this officer. Every time I run, I know that officer did all he or she could while serving.”
Tomorrow June 25, at 8:30pm ET, he will be running 1 mile carrying the Blue Line Flag in honor of fallen North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf.
Langsdorf, 40, was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday, June 23.
While Zechariah has had a lot of people reach out to support his mission, it’s the positive message from those closet to the fallen that keep him going.
“That’s, I think, the best part of doing this to me, is hearing from the families and departments, and feeling how touching and inspiring that was, and that they have a bit of happiness in this hard time,” Zechariah said.
As part of Zechariah’s mission, he is also raising money for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. To learn more about it and how to donate to his cause, click on the link at Zechariah’s Running 4 Heroes.