NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A young Florida boy has again paid tribute to a Grand Strand police officer who lost their life in the line of duty.
Zechariah Cartledge, as part of the nonprofit “Running 4 Heroes,” honored North Myrtle Beach Police Sgt. Gordon William Best by running one mile while carrying a blue line flag.
Best was responding to a call in Barefoot Resort in the early-morning hours of New Year’s Day when he lost control of his car on the wet roadway and crashed into a utility pole, authorities said.
According to officials, Best started as an intern before becoming a patrol officer in October 2013. He was promoted to sergeant in February 2019.
Last October, Cartledge ran a mile in honor of Myrtle Beach Police Pfc. Jacob Hancher, who was shot and killed while responding to a call.
According to its website, Running 4 Heroes started with Zechariah’s appreciation for first responders and was founded with the purpose of “raising awareness and funds for those who have fallen in the line of duty.”
In addition to Cartledge’s tribute, a walk was organized by employees of Ocean Lakes Family Campground to pay tribute to Best.
The walk took place in North Myrtle Beach on Jan. 3 in conjunction with the “Running 4 Heroes” event.
Best’s wife, Taylor, is an employee at Ocean Lakes.