Florida boy, 10, runs to honor fallen CPD Officer Nicholas Galinger
A 10-year-old boy from Florida runs one mile for every officer killed in the line of duty.
Sunday, Zechariah Cartledge dedicated his run to Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger who died after being struck Saturday night by a vehicle in a hit-and-run.
Zechariah's father, Chad Cartledge, shared the video of his son's run with Channel 3.
"Hello, my name is Zechariah and I'm dedicating my running 150 miles to the 150 officers that passed away in 2018, last year, but I want to remember the officer's that passed away in 2019, so today I'm going to be honoring Nick Galinger who works for the Chattanooga Police Department in Tennessee who passed away February 23rd. He was 38 years old at his passing," Zechariah said in the video.
Zechariah's dad said he decided to start running to honor officers after he ran with them.
"Our son, Zechariah, has been running for 3 years, but starting last year, he decided to use his love of running to raise awareness for our First Responders," Chad Cartledge said. "He was inspired to do this after running in a local Tunnel to Towers 5k where he got to run with First Responders in full gear."
The Towers to Towers Foundation honors the life of a firefighter who died on September 11, 2001.
"The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country," the organization's mission statement says.
Chad Cartledge said Zechariah raised $11,250 for the organization last year. He hopes to raise $15,000 this year, which is $100 for each officer killed in the line of duty in 2018.
"Originally, his goal for 2019 was to run one mile for every officer lost in 2018 but after a week or two and is losing a few officers into 2019, he decided to run another mile individually for each officer lost in 2019 while carrying the blue line flag. So far this year he has run 46 miles. 25 for fallen officers from 2018 and 21 now for officers lost in 2019," Chad Cartledge added.
For more information about Zechariah and to follow his journey as he honors fallen officers, visit his Running for Heroes Facebook page.
A GoFundMe Page has also been set up to help the family of Officer Galinger.