EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Four years ago on March 24, 2019, El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Herrera made the ultimate sacrifice.

Herrera was shot in the line of duty two days earlier on March 22, serving and protecting the Borderland community that he loved. He died from his injuries on March 24.

Sunday, the community will gather to remember Herrera and what he stood for.

The 3rd Annual Peter John Herrera Run will be held at Ascarate Park that day.  The race will begin at 8 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Deputy Peter John Herrera Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund.

Zechariah, a teenager who founded Running 4 Heroes, will lead the runners during the race. He runs a mile for every first responder who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

He arrived at El Paso International Airport on Friday and will be participating in Sunday’s event at Ascarate Park.

“Running 4 Heroes’ mission is to raise awareness and funds for those killed or hurt in the line of duty,” according to a news release sent out by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Zechariah, a teenager who runs to honor fallen first responders, was welcomed to El Paso International Airport on Friday, March 24. Courtesy EPSCO.

El Paso County Commissioners Court also designated Sunday, March 26, as Deputy Peter Herrera Day.

On March 22, 2019, Herrera pulled over Facundo Chavez on Chicken Ranch Road in San Elizario for failure to dim his high beam headlights and improperly displaying a dealer license plate.

When Herrera asked Chavez to step out of the vehicle, Chavez allegedly pulled out a gun and fired on Herrera at close range.

Photo courtesy of Esther Herrera

Chavez is facing the death penalty. The woman who was accompanying Chavez that night, Arlene Pina, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was given a 15-year sentence as part of a plea deal in May 2022.