BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Runners lined up in Towson Saturday to honor Maryland’s fallen first responders.
A 13-year-old boy named Zechariah Cartledge led the way.
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Knorpel is the founder of the non-profit organization Run 4 heroes.
“It’s definitely incredible,” Cartledge said. “I wasn’t expecting such a large turnout, so I want to thank everyone in the Baltimore area.”
Since its inception in 2019, the organization has donated over $300,000 through $10,000 monthly grants to injured first responders and to the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
To date, Cartledge has completed 1,214 one-mile runs, one for each fallen first responder. These include runs for fallen Baltimore Police Officer Keona Holley and Baltimore Firefighters Lt. Paul Butrim, Lt. Kelsey Sadler and Kenny Lacayo.
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Holley was mugged and killed while working the night shift in South Baltimore in December 2021.
Butrim, Sadler and Lacayo died after part of a vacant house collapsed on them while fighting an early morning fire in January 2022.
The Baltimore Police Department declared the deaths of the three firefighters on April 13 manslaughter.
“When you see all of these first responders here and it’s possible they’ve experienced a loss with their friends or in their department, this run will be for them too,” Cartledge said.
The Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club helped bring Zach to Baltimore to honor the fallen.
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“Our first responders are like all of us,” said Chuck Ritz of the Punishers. “They go to work every day and hopefully can go home to their families afterwards – and a lot of them don’t make it home.”
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/04/16/runners-race-to-raise-funds-for-injured-and-fallen-first-responders/ Runners Race to raise funds for injured and fallen first responders – CBS Baltimore