Inspiring photos of a cop helping runner finish 10k go viral
A woman who is among the last to finish a 10k becomes one of the race's biggest winners.
Asia Ford of Louisville Kentucky says she started working out and losing weight after her husband lost a limb to diabetes.
Her latest goal was to complete the 10k Rodes city run, but at around mile 4 of the 6-mile course, she started to feel sick. She wrote on Facebook it was because she forgot to eat and was still feeling the effects from a recent bout of pneumonia.
That's when Louisville police officer Lt. Aubrey Gregory drove up to check on her and called for an ambulance. But Ford told him no, she was determined to finish.
So as the Louisville Courier-Journal reports, Gregory told Ford, "good we're going to do this together," and got out of the car, took Ford's hand and walked with her.
Gregory says the two shared their stories, and he told her about his mom who also struggled with her weight and battled diabetes, and along with Ford's son, walked the final two miles to with her to a finish-line crossing that was triumphant and emotional.
Not to mention, inspirational. After Louisville Mayor Greg Fishcer tweeted out the photos with the caption : "What a compassionate city looks like -" they quickly spread on Twitter and Facebook attracting international media attention.
Ford writes on her Facebook page of the race, "as long as you don't give up and you finish... you are a winner."
And, a hero.
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