Zechariah Cartledge, a 10-year-old Florida boy who has been running in honor of fallen law enforcement officers, ran his 50th mile on Wednesday, WJHL reports.

The dedicated youth, from Winter Springs near Orlando, dashed his latest mile Wednesday with the help of a fully-geared local police officer and an officer trailing in a police cruiser. Supportive neighbors cheered him on as he completed the feat.

Zechariah’s father, Chad Cartledge, says his son has been running in honor of every officer lost in 2018 and 2019 since January 12.

Zechariah lives thousands of miles away from his latest honored fallen officer, Sgt. Steve Hinkle. Hinkle was slain after being struck by a bullet last weekend in East Tennessee.

The youngster, who starts off each run with a prayer, has recently captured the attention of Florida Gov. Rick DeSantis. Zechariah was awarded the state's first-ever "Back the Blue Award" Tuesday for his efforts.

Today, I announced the new Back the Blue campaign to highlight brave law enforcement officers and Floridians who back them. I am excited to present the first Back the Blue Award to 10-year-old Zechariah Cartledge!https://t.co/WjyaN68ztYpic.twitter.com/Fl8aLFgF5K

— Fla. AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody)February 26, 2019


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Laura Jazmin Tolliver is a digital reporter for GateHouse Media Group’s Florida team, based in West Palm Beach, Fla. Jaz’s stories, which run across digital, print and video platforms, are syndicated across the 22 Florida newspaper markets.