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Knoxville welcomes a hero! | Running 4 Heroes founder to run a mile to honor officers who died in the line of duty across TN

KCSO said that Zechariah Cartledge will also present a flag to Jill Keiser, widow of Warrants Officer Toby Keiser who passed away earlier this year due to COVID-19.
Credit: McGhee Tyson Airport

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knoxville is welcoming a hero! Zechariah Cartledge, the founder of Running 4 Heroes Inc., is set to run a mile at Bristol Motor Speedway to honor the fallen officers who died in the line of duty across Tennessee between 2018-2021.

Cartledge and his family arrived at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville Monday morning.

The official Facebook page of the local airport shared pictures of their arrival.

Credit: McGhee Tyson Airport

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said that Cartledge, on behalf of his foundation, will present a check to Deputy Coble on Tuesday morning.  

According to officials, Deputy Coble received the April 2020 Running for Heroes Injured 1st Responder Grant. Deputy Coble received a check for $5,000 for him and his family.  

Deputy Coble was injured on March 7, 2020, after a suspect slammed into his cruiser causing him to leave the roadway and hit a telephone pole, officials said. He has undergone multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation as a result of the injuries. 

"COVID-19 prevented Zechariah from presenting the check-in person," Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler said. It’s an honor to have him make a stop in Knox County on his way to Bristol to meet Deputy Coble."

Cartledge will also present a flag to Jill Keiser, widow of Warrants Officer Toby Keiser who passed away earlier this year from complications of COVID-19.  

After the ceremonies, Cartledge will be escorted by various law enforcement agencies across the state to Bristol Motor Speedway. He will run a mile to honor the fallen officers who died in the line of duty across Tennessee between 2018-2021.

“Zechariah is an incredible young man with a huge heart for others," said Sheriff Spangler. I am looking forward to meeting him and his family. I hope while in Knox County they are able to get a glimpse of the difference being made in the lives of law enforcement officers and their families through the generosity of Running 4 Heroes, and the heart of 11-year-old Zechariah.”