PORTLAND, OR — The Portland Police Association and Portland Police Bureau Honor Guard created a touching video tribute to 301 fallen law enforcement officers, since attendance to their memorials and funerals was not possible in 2020 (video found below).
In a press release, the Portland Police Association stated that its members, along with the Portland Police Bureau Honor Guard, “believe it a privilege and honor to attend the funerals of brothers and sisters across the nation who have died in the line of duty,” but that they were unable to personally attend any this past year.
Never forgotten…ultimate sacrifice…much respect!
— DRader (@raderld) January 1, 2021
However, that did not stop the Portland Police Association and Portland Police Bureau Honor Guard from honoring the memory of 2020’s fallen officers. While Portland’s officers could not attend any services due to COVID-19 restrictions, they instead created the “Tribute to the Fallen 2020” video.
Portland Police Bureau Commander Erica Hurley said the video is a small token of appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice of the fallen officers and their families:
“The Portland Police Bureau stands with you, your agency, and your families. Those who have given their all may be gone but will never be forgotten.”
Portland Police Bureau Chaplain Steve Chadwick said:
“As we look back, we remember those who were faced with moments where they didn’t have a choice, they fought, and they lost their lives for freedom. They stood for courage, for righteousness, and for goodness.
“We remember the brothers and sisters who stood in the way of harm. We remember that they used the time given them on this earth for good. And we thank God for them.”
Portland Police Bureau Officer Stephanie Hudson, also an Honor Guard member, said she was thankful for the creation of the tribute:
“Honoring their sacrifice is a reminder that they were real people, not just the symbol of a badge — their families are left behind to carry on and find meaning in their tragedy.”
Line-of-duty police deaths surge in 2020 as coronavirus, calls to ‘defund’ pose challenge to officers’ safetyhttps://t.co/eWbzPgIieX
— National Fallen Officer Foundation (@nationalfof) December 30, 2020
Portland Police Association President Brian Hunzeker noted that policing and law enforcement are a special calling:
“Officers love their communities, that love is evident in the fact that they continue to go out every day and serve with excellence. This year has tested our grit and resilience like never before.
“Today we look in remembrance with reverence and gratitude for those who gave their lives, and we look forward to the new year with hope as our profession continues to evolve to meet the needs of our communities.”
Thank you Boy Scout Troop 10 for the Honor Tree. The Honor Tree acknowledges all fallen Officers in the line of duty in 2020. pic.twitter.com/gbj0XhxQ7l
— John P. Lacy (@OPPD_PIO) December 5, 2020
The video lists the names and photos of 301 fallen law enforcement officers and their end-of-watch date. The officers who gave, all represent various departments and agencies, genders, races and ages.
Our Weekend of Remembrance continues with a service from the Memorial via Facebook Live, as mentioned this morning on Fox News. Representatives from the will read the names of fallen officers added to the walls in 2020. Please join us on https://t.co/ZfGG8zha4U at 10am EDT. pic.twitter.com/MXjXtm2Jg2
— NLEOMF (@NLEOMF) October 11, 2020
The video begins with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Commander Hurley saying a few words. Bureau Chaplain Chadwick recites a prayer, and the Honor Guard then plays a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, while a 21-gun salute is given.
Annually SRPD Dispatchers decorate a ? to honor officers who lost their lives in the line-of-duty. In 2020, 294 ornaments were hung to honor fallen officers (inc 177 #COVID19 deaths).
Special ornaments to honor SRPD #DetectiveArmer & @sonomasheriff K9 Mako#EWO #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/ZL0qvs5QwP
— Santa Rosa Police (@SantaRosaPolice) December 26, 2020
Chadwick then speaks about English author J.R.R. Tolkien, who penned “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies. He noted that while Tolkien is famous for his children’s books, many do not know that he was also a World War I veteran.
He fought on the frontlines at Somme, one of the most brutal battles of modern warfare, where three million fought and one million were either wounded or killed.
Chadwick then talks about “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and mentions two characters – Gandalf and Frodo – who discuss the evil properties of a ring and how they are tasked to address it.
He quotes Frodo, who says:
“I wish it need not happen in my time.”
Watching Fellowship of the Ring and just hit the first moment that makes me cry: when Frodo says “I will take it” and the camera cuts to Gandalf, closing his eyes to absorb the blow of what must be. pic.twitter.com/sUepOLD0Fo
— Nina Johnson (@ninaleejohnson) December 29, 2020
Gandalf is quoted as saying:
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
These Police officers lives are at risk and under attack–they should use whatever force is necessary to stop these attacks.
But this is America in 2020. Portland is a fallen City.
Wanna keep going and see where 2021 takes us? https://t.co/hEC0XuelW4
— KAM (@KAMbot1138) December 8, 2020
Chadwick then points out that the fallen officers did not have a choice when confronted with evil. Yet, each fought courageously and lost his or her life fighting evil. The chaplain noted that they used their time in this world to bring about righteousness and goodness.
The video concludes with the somber bugle call “Taps.”
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Instagram shuts down Running 4 Heroes official account; the account is a kid who runs to honor fallen officers
December 20, 2020
WINTER SPRINGS, FL – During the early morning hours of Dec. 20, the 501(c)(3) non-profit Running 4 Heroes had their Instagram account shutdown for “violating” the platform’s terms of service.
Yet, the exact violations of said terms is completely unknown – even to the non-profit organization (NPO).
For those unfamiliar with Running 4 Heroes, the NPO centers around young Zechariah Cartledge, 12, who decided to start running a mile while hoisting the Thin Blue Line flag whenever a first responder passed away in the line of duty.
— Stacy Bryant (@stacybry77) December 21, 2020
The goal was simple for this young man – to help raise awareness of the line of duty deaths that occur in the role of a first responder.
By all accounts, the mission and endeavors of Zechariah and the NPO are both noble and innocuous. There’s no malice that can be extracted in an effort to honor and raise awareness to those who died in the line of duty.
12 year old Zechariah from @ZRunning4Heroes is about to board a @SouthwestAir jet from his home @MCO and will head to San Antonio to award $7,500 to an officer who had his arm amputated following a shooting. This grant puts him at $85,500 on the year that he has given out. pic.twitter.com/Ny8ewazpaI
— Chad Cartledge (@Smokecx3) December 11, 2020
Yet on Dec. 20, Running 4 Heroes shared the following post on their official Facebook page:
“Some bummer news to share with you all…
“We were made aware over the last few hours that Instagram has removed the ‘Running 4 Heroes’ Instagram page. The reason for removal was ‘for violating the terms of Instagram.’
“They went on to say that the ‘Running 4 Heroes’ Instagram account ‘can no longer be accessed or viewed.
“They never were able to provide us specifics as to what terms we violated, though they did hint at our account ‘impersonating’ someone… I continue to seek answers on why our account was removed, though it will appear to be a losing battle.
“Our apologies to all those who followed us on the Instagram page…”
While the Instagram page is obviously no longer accessible, the nature of the posts mirrored that of what the NPO hosts on Facebook.
While most kids his age were probably playing video games last night, Zechariah was running a mile to show his support for fallen @FHPOrlando Trooper Tracy Vickers. What a great kid! #RunningForHeroes @ZRunning4Heroes https://t.co/s2NtBuKpTH
— Sheriff John Mina (@SheriffMina) October 3, 2019
So when looking at the Facebook page for Running 4 Heroes, one is treated with straight forward status updates regarding planned runs/events, the periodic video uploaded from one of Zechariah’s runs, and posts mourning the losses of first responders.
Bear in mind, this is the epitome of non-controversial content, so it’s hard to fathom that the Instagram account was deleted due to promoting or sharing content that could be deemed as risqué, taboo or even inflammatory.
A simple skimming of R4H’s content shows that they don’t post anything that denigrates anyone or any entity, lends commentary on controversial matters – the NPO simply sticks with the mission statement and honors fallen first responders.
On behalf of our office, @ZRunning4Heroes presented CCSO Sgt. Beck & Deputy Dew #BackTheBlue Awards for their response during an active shooter situation. Zechariah also presented the Sgt. w/a grant through his non-profit Running 4 Heroes. #BackTheBlueOAGhttps://t.co/ipeUcSfFxw pic.twitter.com/BkaVNvjV0b
— AG Ashley Moody (@AGAshleyMoody) August 3, 2020
Now the NPO has provided updates on the matter, albeit, none of which showcase that Instagram has restored their account, but how they’re currently navigating the situation:
“Follow-Up to the R4H Instagram Post…
“Starting in 2021, Zechariah’s runs will be pre-recorded and uploaded to the Running 4 Heroes YouTube Channel.
“As long as we are able to, the runs will also be uploaded here on Facebook, but we want to make sure you are all provided with another option to view Zechariah’s runs in the event our tributes violate any community standards.
“Starting January 1st, runs will be uploaded shortly after they are completed, so while they may no longer be ‘live,’ they will still be available within minutes of Zechariah’s completion of each run.
“If you want to ensure that you will be able to view Zechariah’s tribute runs next year, please subscribe to ‘Running 4 Heroes’ on YouTube.
Username: Running 4 Heroes.”
While it’s promising to see R4H trying to make the best of a bad situation, it’s still befuddling as to what terms of service violation could have possibly been encroached by the NPO’s Instagram efforts.
Instagram plays host to all sorts of pages – folks dressing promiscuously to garner attention, pages dedicated to Antifa chapters….even Pornhub has an official Instagram account.
So, it’s plain old confusing to learn that for some unspecified reason, R4H’s original Instagram page was shut down for a violation of the company’s terms of service.
Nonetheless, the NPO has been extremely grateful with the outpouring of support they’ve garnered in the wake of this strange occurrence – and they’ve even announced the creation of a new Instagram account:
“Since waking up, we have been completely overwhelmed with the show of support regarding the removal of the @Running4Heroes page from Instagram.
“Thank you all for showing love to our son’s mission. As has been proven time and time again, his mission is all about love and showing respect and honor to our First Responders.
“With that being said, we have added a new Instagram account for the mission. We also have other Social Media accounts (such as Parler, Mewe) and we want to provide you with those usernames so that you have an opportunity to follow us there.
“Please note, we are not on Parler and Mewe nearly as often currently. Still, please follow us over there as our usage on those pages may change.
“Here are our usernames for all of our Social Media Platforms:
“Instagram : Running4HeroesInc
YouTube: Running 4 Heroes
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