‘Running 4 Heroes’ Will Pay Tribute To Law Enforcement During A Visit To The Piedmont Triad

A nonprofit that helps injured and deceased first responders travels from Florida to the Piedmont Triad this weekend to present a grant to a local officer who was shot in the line of duty and honor a firefighter deceased. The nonprofit “Running 4 Heroes” was started by 13-year-old Zechariah Cartledge. When Zacharie was just 9 years old, he decided to honor first responders by running 1 mile while holding a thin blue flag. “I do this because I think it’s important that we show respect and appreciation to our injured and fallen first responders,” Cartledge said. In his hometown and across the country, he has traveled thousands of miles for fallen first responders. This weekend in Kernersville will be Zacharie’s 1,255th mile for Bethany firefighter Brandon Yaeger, who died just weeks ago. Cartledge will also present a grant to former Kernersville police officer Sean Houle, who was shot 3 times in the line of duty last year. He has since retired from medical practice but has continued to assist law enforcement by teaching classes. “It was 10 years of my life,” said former Kernersville police officer Sean Houle. Houle added, “Being a first responder is all I did professionally from 18 to 32. It’s all I’ve done with my life. And I didn’t want to let it go.” Houle said he was surprised a few weeks ago when he received a call from Cartledge’s father saying he had received a grant. “It’s Out of nowhere, it was really special,” Houle said. Houle added, “To know that I can meet him and Zachariah, which is really special for me. Not just because he’s doing this for me, but for what he’s doing for so many other first responders across the country.” Houle will be the 32nd recipient of “Running 4 Heroes” Injured First Responders Grant. “I bet if he could return to duty, he would. That’s why we’re giving this grant because of his dedication and bravery in continuing to help his service, even though he got injured,” said Cartledge. Over the past year and a half, Houle has had a dozen surgeries, just one a few days ago. He said this grant would help him and his family tremendously. It will just give peace of mind to my family and me.” Houle is encouraging community members to run, walk, or just cheer on Zechariah on Saturday. It will take place around 8 a.m. in front of the Kernersville Town Hall and conclude at the Kernersville Elementary School Members of the service Bethany Fire Department and Kernersville Police Department will be in attendance.

A nonprofit that helps injured and deceased first responders travels from Florida to the Piedmont Triad this weekend to present a grant to a local officer who was shot in the line of duty and honor a firefighter deceased.

The nonprofit “Running 4 Heroes” was started by 13-year-old Zechariah Cartledge.

When Zacharie was just 9 years old, he decided to honor first responders by running 1 mile while holding a thin blue flag.

“I do this because I think it’s important that we show respect and appreciation to our injured and fallen first responders,” Cartledge said.

In his hometown and across the country, he has traveled thousands of miles for fallen first responders. This weekend in Kernersville will be Zacharie’s 1,255th mile for Bethany firefighter Brandon Yaeger, who died just weeks ago.

Cartledge will also present a grant to former Kernersville Police Officer Sean Houle, who was shot 3 times in the line of duty last year. He has since retired from medical practice but has continued to assist law enforcement by teaching classes.

“It was 10 years of my life,” said former Kernersville police officer Sean Houle. Houle added, “Being a first responder is all I did professionally from 18 to 32. It’s all I’ve done with my life. And I didn’t want to let it go let it.”

Houle said he was surprised a few weeks ago when he received a call from Cartledge’s father saying he had received a grant.

“It came out of nowhere, it was really special,” Houle said. Houle added, “To know that I can meet him and Zachariah, which is really special for me. Not just because he does this for me, but for what he does for so many other first responders in across the country.”

Houle will be the 32nd “Running 4 Heroes” recipient of the Injured First Responder Grant.

“I bet if he could return to his duties, he would. That’s why we’re giving this grant because of his dedication and bravery to continue to help his department, even though he got injured,” Cartledge said.

Over the past year and a half, Houle has had a dozen surgeries, including one just days ago. He said this grant would help him and his family tremendously.

Houle said: “Not everything is covered and so that’s going to help tremendously with the cost of this most recent operation. It’s just going to give me and my family peace of mind.”

Houle encourages community members to run, walk, or just cheer on Zacharie on Saturday. It will take place around 8 am in front of the town hall of Kernersville and will end at the elementary school of Kernersville.

Members of the Bethany Fire Department and Kernersville Police Department will be in attendance.

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