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Aurora police officer injured in Henry Pratt shooting to receive grant

Aurora Police Officer John Cebulski shows the Blue Star Award he received at a Celebration of Courage ceremony in April 2019 at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The ceremony honored the first responders injured in last year's shooting at the Henry Pratt facility in Aurora.
Aurora Police Officer John Cebulski shows the Blue Star Award he received at a Celebration of Courage ceremony in April 2019 at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The ceremony honored the first responders injured in last year's shooting at the Henry Pratt facility in Aurora.

AURORA – On Sunday, Aurora Police Officer John Cebulski – who was shot during the Henry Pratt mass shooting in Aurora last year – will become the first-ever recipient of the Running 4 Heroes Grant by a charity started by an 11-year-old boy from Florida.

In 2019, Running 4 Heroes officially became a nonprofit organization. Zechariah Cartledge, of Seminole County, Florida, runs one mile for every first responder who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. He wants to honor those who serve so we may live in a better world.

This year, he expanded the organization's mission in order to financially assist first responders injured in the line of duty. The organization's board of directors unanimously selected Cebulski to be the first recipient.

Cebulski, a 31-year veteran of the Aurora Police Department, was one of the first officers to respond to the scene of the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt facility on Feb.15, 2019. Cebulski and another officer entered the warehouse and began searching the second floor of the warehouse when he was shot.

Cebulski and another officer were forced to take cover for an extended period of time while the offender was still firing at other responding officers.

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