Running 4 Heroes, Memorial Run Raising Funds for Fallen Joplin Officers

“Zechariah is an amazing young man and he runs 1 mile for each first responder that falls in the line of duty,” Joplin Police state. 
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Running 4 Heroes in Joplin, Mo. completing the officer Memorial Run.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Saturday evening the Joplin Police and Joplin Fire competed in a fundraising basketball match, 5th Annual Guns vs Hoses.

Beforehand ‘Running 4 Heroes’ organization was in Joplin to conduct a memorial run to honor recently fallen Joplin Police Officers.

“Zechariah is an amazing young man and he runs 1 mile for each first responder that falls in the line of duty,” Joplin Police state.  The run began about 4:30 p.m.

Zechariah Cartledge was born with the gift of running.  He was raised with an appreciation for First Responders and all they do for the community.  As he grew older, Zechariah decided to help the families of our fallen First Responders in a meaningful way.  Encouraged by the mission and vision of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Zechariah began his journey raising funds for those families by running.

“In 2019, Running 4 Heroes officially became a non-profit 501(c)(3).  Zechariah runs one mile for every First Responder who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  He wants to honor those who gave up their life so we may live in a better world,” states Running 4 Heroes on their website.

Joplin Police and Joplin Fire welcomed Running 4 Heroes, including Ofc Rick Hirshey who was injured in a March 8, 2022, shooting with a now-deceased subject.

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Zechariah and injured Joplin Officer Rick Hirshey.

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Zechariah finishing the run along with an officer/friend from the Bentonville Arkansas Police Dept.

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Just a few Joplin Police and Joplin Fire officers gathered for the Running 4 Heroes event.

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Running 4 Heroes entourage landed in Springfield they met with Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Colten Beck, who was shot in the face by a fleeing suspect in Greene County. Troop D shares a photo of Zechariah presenting a check. MSHP state, “Tpr. Beck recently returned to full duty and we’re glad he’s back!”

‘Running 4 Heroes’ entourage landed in Springfield they met with Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Colten Beck, who was shot in the face by a fleeing suspect in Greene County. Troop D shares a photo of Zechariah presenting a check.  MSHP state, “Tpr. Beck recently returned to full duty and we’re glad he’s back!”

‘Running 4 Heroes’ Zechariah and his father spent time with everyone at the Guns and Hoses event at Joplin High School.

Joplin Police state, “We appreciate all the public support.”

Joplin Police vs Joplin Fire, 5th year Guns & Hoses b-ball grudge match fundraiser. This year Bright Futures will share the proceeds with Joplin Police Fallen Officer Scholarships. Special presentation at beginning of 7 p.m. game.

Joplin Police vs Joplin Fire, 5th year Guns & Hoses b-ball grudge match fundraiser. This year Bright Futures will share the proceeds with Joplin Police Fallen Officer Scholarships. Special presentation at beginning of 7 p.m. game.

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