Cop Helps Woman Finish Race : Picture of police officer helping woman cross race finish line goes viral

Cop Helps Woman Finish Race : Picture of police officer helping woman cross race finish line goes viral

Cop helps struggling woman finish 10k race, It’s an image that shows struggle, determination and perseverance, but more importantly, as Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer put it, it shows “what a compassionate city looks like.”

“It’s been a struggle because nothing is easy in life. It’s been a lot of teary-eyed moments, but I know I want it for myself,” Asia Ford said to 8News.

For years, Ford struggled with her weight. She said her heaviest weigh-in was at 474 pounds. She knew something had to change. It finally did, when her husband at the time, lost a limb as a result of diabetes. From that moment on, every time she went to the doctor, her children worried.

Ford has struggled with her weight for years. Her heaviest weigh in came to 474 pounds.

She knew something had to change. It finally did, when her husband at the time, lost a limb due to diabetes. From that moment on, every time Asia went to the doctor, her children worried for her.

“That is when I woke up and I couldn’t allow them to be on this earth without my help and the only way I would be able to help them is if I helped myself first,” she said.

Ford began a new regimen of working out. She joined a boot camp with a group of supportive friends and lost 25 pounds before she knew it. She’s been shedding weight ever since.

Saturday morning marked a moment to reach another goal for herself to conquer the 10K Rodes City Run. Asia was doing well on the 6+ mile-long course until she began feeling ill during the fourth mile. That’s when she noticed a stranger drive up.

“I’m not going to let her quit, so I got out and she immediately grabbed my hand,” LMPD Lt. Aubrey Gregory said.

“He asked me if I wanted to stop and I was like, ‘No,’ we have two more miles to go,” she recalled.

Ford wouldn’t go it alone, though.

From behind, a stranger snapped a photo of the two, officer and Asia, hand in hand as they inched toward the finish line. Along the way, Ford said Lt. Gregory talked to her son and even shared the loss of his mother to diabetes. Before they knew it, they only had a few steps to go to cross the finish line.

“Your heart starts to fill up, you get those goose bumps and tingles all over your body,” Lt. Gregory said. “When I watched her approach and I started to hear people scream and I let her go right there before the end and to see her raise her hands, there aren’t words to express the way I felt seeing her be successful.”

“It was really a special moment,” Ford added.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer posted a pair of photos of the moment on his Facebook page showing the raw emotion of the moment Ford crossed that barrier. The photos have since gone viral.

The Mayor and city leaders plan to recognize Ford, Officer Gregory and photographer Jonathan Roberts in a special ceremony Monday at the Mayor’s Gallery in downtown Louisville.