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

A Georgia police officer helped a bloodied marathon runner who took a nasty fall 200 yards before the finish line.

A photo of the men crossing the finish line was posted on Facebook by the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department, where it's been shared nearly 2,000 times in the last few days.

After the spill, which cut up Robert McCoy's face and legs, officers and paramedics rushed to his aid.

Sgt. John Cain, a 27-year veteran with the department, said he could feel in his heart that McCoy needed to finish the race.

"There was a purpose for him doing so and he wanted to accomplish the goal."

So he did, with Cain at his side and a paramedic following on bicycle.

"I am just glad I was in a position to help him do that," Cain said. "He is an inspiration to me, he is the hero in this story."

Cain also said that the photo "speaks volumes for all law enforcement officers who are out there daily doing exactly what I just did, and they're never recognized."


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