Milford police officer TJ Webb received a $10,000 grant from the nonprofit Running 4 Heroes in a ceremony held March 27 at Milford City Hall.
Presenting the check to Webb was the face of Running 4 Heroes, 12-year-old Zechariah Cartledge, whose love of running gives the charity its name. Zechariah ran a mile through Milford carrying an American flag to honor first responders. The flags, which are purchased through donations, are then presented to the first responder being honored.
Webb was wounded in the line of duty in December while trying to serve a warrant on a 37-year-old murder suspect. He was shot six times, sustaining injuries to his legs, hands, shoulders and arms. During the ceremony, he could still be seen wearing a splint on his wrist. He has undergone numerous surgeries to repair the injuries sustained in the shooting.
Running 4 Heroes provides monthly grants to injured first responders; the charity has given away $115,000 to 16 different people since January 2020.
Flanked by his wife Amanda and son Reese, Webb said, “It’s an amazing organization. I’m not just thankful, but I’m honored. It should be encouraging to others.”
Milford Mayor Archie Campbell said, “I’m very proud of TJ. Everybody should really thank him for what he’s done. The Milford Police Department are super, superstars.”