'Running 4 Heroes' non-profit honors fallen Madison County deputy

JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) - A young man in Florida is honoring the life of a fallen Madison County deputy.

Zechariah Cartledge is paying homage to Deputy Terry Dyer through his non-profit Running 4 Heroes. Deputy Terry Dyer served his final day of duty on April 20, 2021. He died suddenly while on duty in the General Sessions Courtroom in Jackson.

He had worked in law enforcement for 33 years and was also a U.S. Army veteran. Honoring that legacy means so much to Zechariah Cartledge.

The Florida resident created the non-profit, Running 4 Heroes, where he runs one mile for every first responder who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Their mission and his passion are to raise awareness and funds for those fallen first responders.

I started to learn more about 9/11, watched some documentaries with my parents, and that kind of inspired me to learn more about first responders and how much they dedicate towards their community. That kind of started my passion to do something I love, which is running to help people I loved, which is first responders,” said Zechariah Cartledge, the founder of Running 4 Heroes.

Sheriff John Mehr reflecting on Deputy Dyer’s impact on the department.

“Terry never met a stranger. Terry’s life as I say you know God tells us to be a servant and Terry was truly a servant. He helped so many people, people that he did not know. If he saw some in need, Terry was going to do it and take care of them,” said John Mehr, the Madison County Sheriff.

Deputy Dyer’s daughter is so grateful to Zechariah and the non-profit for recognizing her father.

I think it is selfless of Zechariah and that really touches me because that is something that dad would do for others so it’s a great reminder of Zechariah and his generation and spreading that message to everybody,” said Emma Dyer, Deputy Dyer’s daughter.

The one-mile run can be seen on the Running 4 Heroes Facebook page.

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