A Savannah-Chatham Metro Police officer has earned the spotlight after helping a runner cross the finish line at Saturday's Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in Savannah.
When Sgt. John Cain, a 27-year veteran with the department, saw runner Robert McCoy fall approximately 200 yards from the finish line, he — along with other officers and paramedics — rushed to his side.
According to the police department, McCoy — who had cuts on his face and legs — finished the half marathon with Cain's help while a paramedic followed behind on a bicycle.
"I could feel in my heart that he needed to finish," Cain said. "There was a purpose for him doing so and he wanted to accomplish the goal."
A photo of Sgt. Cain and McCoy was posted on the SCMPD Facebook page and as of this writing, it's been shared more than 1,830 times.
"I am just glad I was in a position to help him do that," the veteran said. "He is an inspiration to me, he is the hero in this story."