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A 12-year-old Florida boy honored a fallen Memphis police officer by running one mile in his memory while carrying a “Thin Blue Line” flag. It was a poignant and powerful memorial. I would encourage you to watch it below.
Zechariah Cartledge has been running an untold number of miles for every First Responder who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Officer Scotty Triplett was a 27-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
The 47-year-old officer was conducting a police escort when a driver pulled in front of him while trying to turn.
“Our community lost a dedicated servant and a good man,” interim police director James Ryall said. “My prayers are with his family and the men and women of the Memphis Police Department.”
The 27-year MPD veteran not only leaves behind a wife and two children but a mark on those who knew him and even those who didn’t.
Zechariah started Running 4 Heroes to raise awareness and funds for those fallen in the line of duty. He wants to honor those who gave up their life so we may live in a better world.
“A great hero,” he said.
As Zechariah ran the final lap in honor of Officer Triplett, police cars sounded their sirens and a lone bagpiper offered a mournful farewell.
“Officer Scotty Triplett will never be forgotten down here in Florida,” he said.
What a noble thing for this young man to do. God bless Zechariah and God bless Officer Scotty Triplett.
Click here to contribute to a fund set up to help Officer Triplett’s widow and children.