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Zechariah Cartledge, 10, Pledges to Run a Mile with the American Flag for Every Fallen Officer

Rodolfo Vieira
Jun 21, 2019
02:26 P.M.
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A little boy from Florida has vowed to run a mile for every police officer or first responder killed in the line of duty as a way to honor them and the sacrifice they made.

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10-year-old Zechariah Cartledge has been running in memory of those who lost their lives in the line of duty, trying to prevent innocent lives from being taken.

Through the Running 4 Heroes initiative, Zechariah hopes to raise $50,000 for the Tunnell to Towers foundation and is planning on running 148-miles in 2019.

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NOT EVEN RAIN CAN STOP HIM

Recently, Zechariah went on a run to remember John Hetland, a Racine, Wisconsin, police officer who was killed while trying to fend off an armed robber at a bar.

On Wednesday, a particularly rainy day, the little boy held onto an American flag and ran a mile for Officer Hetland. But he didn't do it alone.

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After learning of Zechariah's intentions, a couple of officers from the Winter Springs Police Department decided to join him in his tribute to the fallen hero.

At the time of his death, Hetland was off-duty and lost his life while attempting to stop a robbery from taking place at the Teezers Tavern.

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POLICE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE MURDERER

According to the authorities, the gunman was wearing a mask, so they are still trying to identify the suspect, who managed to flee the scene of the crime.

It has been reported that there is a $25,000 reward for anyone who might have any information that could lead to the shooter's location and arrest.

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HELPING GRIEVING RELATIVES

But Zechariah isn't the only Florida resident honoring fallen heroes.  Megan O'Grady, from Cape Coral, has created the Blue Line Bears, a non-profit organization that supports the families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

In order to do so, the 16-year-old decided to put her creativity to good use and started making teddy bears with the shirts of the officers, all with personalized tags containing their badge number and last name.

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