Irvine, Calif. (February 26, 2020) – 5.11, Inc., the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, is proud to honor Zecheriah Cartledge, 11-year-old founder of nonprofit organization Running 4 Heroes, as the latest addition to the brand’s Everyday Hero program. The program, launched in 2019, recognizes civilian individuals who go above and beyond in their communities.
“The Everyday Hero program was created to celebrate compassion, heroism and humility in our communities – and Zechariah is a perfect representation,” said Jennifer Glover, Vice President of Marketing for 5.11. “His commitment to recognizing first responders who have passed away is truly honorable – especially at such a young age. 5.11 is thrilled to recognize Zechariah’s service to his community and we hope that our donation will help him continue to fulfill his mission.”
Cartledge, a native of Winter Springs, Florida, founded Running 4 Heroes to raise awareness and funds for first responders who have fallen in the line of duty. Cartledge runs one mile for every first responder who has made the ultimate sacrifice, carrying an American flag which he then presents to the first responder’s family. Donations to the organization help provide flags and additionally offer financial relief to injured first responders and their families.
5.11’s Everyday Hero program is an expansion of the brand’s Quiet Warrior initiative, which highlights the everyday heroism of law enforcement and first responders who go beyond the call of duty. In 2019, 5.11 also launched its Guardian of the Week program which recognizes professional departments which exhibit actions beyond the hours or scope of public service. In addition to recognizing Cartledge as an Everyday Hero, 5.11 will be donating a $511 check to his organization and providing him with a gift bag of apparel and gear.
5.11 encourages the public to tag @511Tactical and share a story about a #511EverydayHero in their community. For more information on the Quiet Warrior online, please visit 5.11 Quiet Warrior. To learn more about 5.11’s Everyday Hero and Guardian of the Week programs, follow @511Tactical. To support Running 4 Heroes, please visit running4heroes.com.
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