On November 8, 2015 there was a Rock and Roll marathon in Savanna, Ga. and Sgt. John Cain was assigned to stand near the finish line. A runner fell and was injured. The Sgt. rushed forward to assist him. Nearly 200 yards from the finish line the bloodied runner told the Sgt. “I have got to finish” The Sgt. understanding the mans determination did what he had to do. He put his arm around him and assisted him in finishing the race.
A photograph of the moment was caught by Casey Jones and posted online. Since that time the photo has gone viral with over 300,00 likes and shares.
Sgt. Cain was quoted as saying on The Savannah-Chatham Police Page:
“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.”
The department also posted this video of the crossing of the finish line: