SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A sergeant with the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department is gaining international attention on social media for helping an injured Rock 'n' Roll Marathon runner cross the finish line on Saturday.
Sgt. John Cain happened to be in the vicinity when Robert McCoy fell on Anderson Street, about 200 yards shy of the finish line. Sgt. Cain, along with other officers and paramedics, rushed to McCoy's aid, and the sergeant helped him finish the half marathon while a paramedic followed behind them on a bicycle.
Sgt. Cain is a 27-year veteran with the department. When describing what happened, he said, "I went over to help render aid and he kept saying, 'I've got to finish the race'. I asked him if he wanted me to help him and he said yes. I put my arm around his shoulder and back. I could feel in my heart that he needed to finish; there was a purpose for him doing so, and he wanted to accomplish the goal. I am just glad I was in a position to help him do that. He is an inspiration to me. He is the hero in this story."
Less than 24-hours later, a photo of McCoy and Sgt. Cain was posted on the SCMPD Facebook page. It reached nearly 300,000 people, was "liked" by more than 500 fans, and it was shared across the globe. One Facebook fan even shared a clip showing the photo in a Netherlands newspaper.
Click here to see the video, shot by Josh Jasso, a freelance videographer.