A cop helps a woman finish a race in Louisville, Kentucky, and the special moments were captured on camera. The photos of Asia Ford and LMPD Lt. Aubrey Gregory have since gone viral. According to Sport Act, Ford was running a 10K, but started not feeling well with two miles to go. Officer Gregory saw her struggling, and decided to get out of his car to offer his help.
“I’m not going to let her quit, so I got out and she immediately grabbed my hand,” he said. Grateful for the support, Ford knew that she wanted to finish the race.
“He asked me if I wanted to stop and I was like, ‘No, we have two more miles to go,'” she said, and Lt. Gregory stayed with her the whole way.
The cop who helped the woman finish the race was happy to help out, and really wanted to see Ford complete the race.
“Your heart starts to fill up, you get those goose bumps and tingles all over your body. 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.”
What he didn’t know, however, was Ford’s story. Struggling with her weight for years, Ford got a wake-up call when her husband lost a limb due to diabetes. Weighing nearly 500 pounds at her heaviest, Ford has been determined to lose weight, and to get herself in better shape. According to People Magazine, Ford spent months working out, and getting ready for Saturday’s Rodes City Run. And even though she couldn’t finish by herself, she did finish — and that’s something to be super proud of.
Ford also made a new friend in Lt. Gregory, who was extremely patient, and kind to her. The two walked arm-in-arm, alongside Ford’s son. The three chatted the whole way, and got to know each other better. The distraction was certainly a help to Ford, who was overjoyed when she crossed that finish line. Ford knew that she achieved her goal because she didn’t give up — it had nothing to do with coming in first, or finishing in a certain amount of time. She just needed to finish.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the photos of Ford, her son, and Lt. Gregory have gone viral on social media. Thousands of people have been touched by this story.
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