Published On: Mon, Nov 9th, 2015

Photo of SCMPD cop helping injured Savannah marathon runner cross finish line goes viral

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (OS) — A sergeant with Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has received international attention through social media for assisting a Savannah marathon runner finish the race.

Sgt. John Cain was assigned to the area near the end of the race. When runner Robert McCoy fell on Anderson Street, approximately 200 yards from the finish line, Cain, other officers and paramedics rushed to his aid. Cain helped him finish the half marathon while a paramedic followed behind on a bicycle.

“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,” said Cain, a 27-year veteran with the department..

“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 in an inspiration to me, he is the hero in this story.”

In less than 24 hours after a photo of Cain and McCoy was posted on the SCMPD Facebook page it reached nearly 300,000 people, was liked by more than 5,000 fans and shared across the globe.

One Facebook fan shared a showing the picture in a Netherlands newspaper.The picture was taken by Casey Jones from Visit Savannah and the video was taken by Josh Jasso, a freelance videographer who also created the SCMPD’s new recruiting video.

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