CENTRAL FLORIDA — Officer Chris Oberheim of the Champaign Police Department in Illinois was shot and killed responding to a call of domestic violence early Wednesday morning, Law Officer reported. He was honored by many on Thursday, including a 12-year-old boy from Central Florida.
Zechariah runs for fallen first responders through Running 4 Heroes Inc, an organization founded by the pre-teen. He runs to pay tribute to officers who’ve died in the line of duty as well as raise money for injured first responders, WCIA reported.
On Thursday, Zechariah ran 10 laps around the track at his elementary school in memory of Officer Oberheim. His run of tribute was recorded on video. At the end of the run, the Spirit-filled youngster offered a prayer of comfort and protection for Oberheim’s family and co-workers.
“His only intention was to serve, protect and help provide care before he was senselessly fired upon and killed… A true professional and devoted public servant,” Chief Anthony Cobb said after the officer’s death. “Officer Oberheim is remembered for his heroism, bravery, and the oath of office he honorably upheld in his commitment to duty.”
According to ODMP, Officer Oberheim had served with the Champaign Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Decatur Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and four children.