SAVANNAH, GA (November 8, 2015): A sergeant with Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is getting international attention through social media for assisting a Rock N’ Roll Marathon runner finish the race.

Cain and Runner frontSgt. 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, Sgt. Cain, other officers and paramedics rushed to his aid. With cuts on his face and legs, Sgt. Cain helped him finish the half marathon while a paramedic followed behind on a bicycle.

Sgt. Cain is a 27-year veteran with the department. “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 in an inspiration to me, he is the hero in this story.”

In less than 24-hours since a photo of Sgt. 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 new clip 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. Both were generous enough to share the images with the SCMPD.