10-year-old Florida boy runs for Sgt. Steve Hinkle, other fallen officers


A 10-year-old Florida boy who lives hundreds of miles from East Tennessee honored a slain Sullivan County sheriff’s deputy in a special way. 

Wednesday evening, Zechariah Cartledge ran a mile in honor of Sgt. Steve Hinkle who died this week after he was struck by a bullet last weekend. 

Zechariah wasn’t alone, either. He was joined by a local police officer sporting full police gear. Another officer followed in a police cruiser with blue lights flashing. 

During the run, neighbors cheered them on. 

Chad Cartledge, Zechariah’s dad, says his son’s run for Sgt. Hinkle marked his 50th one-mile run since he started running for fallen officers on January 12.

Chad says his son is running in honor of every officer lost in 2018 and 2019. 

His son’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Chad says Zechariah recently met with Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis who awarded him the state’s first-ever “Back the Blue Award.”

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