Sgt. John Cain helps injured runner Robert McCoy finish the Rock N' Roll Marathon.
Photo: Casey Jones/Visit Savannah photographer
Photo: Casey Jones/Visit Savannah photographer

Police officer helps injured marathon runner cross finish line

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 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."

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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.

SCMPD Sgt. John Cain helped this Rock n' Roll marathon runner across the finish line after he fell. #WhyIWearTheBadgeThank you Casey Jones for this photo! #RnRSAV  #VisitSavannah

Posted by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on Saturday, November 7, 2015

"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."

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