KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — One Florida boy received a hero’s welcome on Monday as he continues to honor law enforcement across the country.

Twelve-year-old Zechariah Cartledge is the founder of the nonprofit, Running 4 Heroes, Inc. and was welcomed today by first responders from across the region, starting with his arrival at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Zechariah’s nonprofit includes him running to honor first responders while raising money to present grants across the U.S. He’ll be visiting Knox County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday to present a grant.

He will then travel with a police escort to the Tri-Cities to run a race at Bristol Motor Speedway Tuesday evening.

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy will help lead the run in the Bristol Motor Speedway Pace Car.