MIDLAND, Texas (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – Local law enforcement came together on Saturday to run one mile for a fallen Harris County Deputy and it was all lead by a 12-year-old boy.
With a flag in hand, Zechariah Cartledge has been running one mile across the country. It’s his way of honoring law enforcement officers who lost their lives.
Cartledeg said he runs to carry on their memory.
“It brings me comfort knowing that these fallen heroes will never be forgotten throughout my runs because I’ve done more than 850 of these in the last two years,” Cartledge said. “I just want to give as much hope to the family as possible and I just hope that every single mile I do just gives them hope for the future.”
Cartledge made his way to Midland College this weekend to run for Harris County Deputy Cornelious Anderson, who lost his life in the line of duty. Running the mile alongside him was Midland County, Sheriff David Criner.
Running 4 Heroes also presented a check for $10,000 dollars to Midland Police Officer Leah Pond who was injured in a car accident on duty.
“It hits you right here you know it’s a blessing for him to do that for us,” Criner said. “And today is extra special because the proceeds from some of this are going toward Leah Pond a federal officer from the city.”
Cartledge said he doesn’t plan to stop his mission anytime soon. He hopes others will see him and be inspired.
“I would say for all the kids that are watching this and that watch my page all the time to not necessarily do the same thing I’m doing, but if you have something that you love to do and have the time to do it for a good cause then definitely do it.”