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Hand in hand, cop helps struggling woman cross finish line; story goes viral

A beautiful photo of a police officer helping a woman is sweeping the Internet — and depicts what police work is all about.

The picture shows Lt. Aubrey Gregory walking across the finish line of the Rodes City Run in Louisville, Ky. hand in hand with Asia Ford, who worked so hard to be in the race that she refused to give up, according to WFSB.

Asia Ford
Photo credit Asia Ford via WFSB.

Ford lost 217 pounds on her road to living healthier and wants to inspire her children, so quitting never crossed her mind even though she began having difficulty breathing with about a mile to go in the 10K race.

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“The EMS guys got out to check on her and she said I’m not stopping, I’m not stopping,” Gregory said. “So I said I’m not going to let her stop we’re going to do this together. So I got out and I grabbed her hand. I had to meet this inspirational woman.”

Asia Ford
Photo credit Jonathan Roberts via WFSB.

A grateful Ford called Gregory her angel.

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“He came at the moment I really needed him,” she said.

Gregory told her stories of his mom’s struggle with diabetes and kept talking to her, keeping her mind off the pain until Gregory, Ford and her son Terrance all crossed the finish line together hand in hand in hand, WFSB reported.

“Watching her cross the finish line I felt it all over,” Gregory said. “It was great moment and I’m glad she let me be a part of it.”

Ford credited Gregory with getting her across the finish line.

“I just want to thank you. You are my angel. I could have given up and you didn’t allow it,” she said. “You are my inspiration.”

All in a day’s work according to Gregory.

“I want them to realize that is very reason police are police. Service to others and helping anyway we can,” he said.

The lesson was not lost on young Terrance.

“You know with all the stuff that’s going on with police it’s just nice to know there are nice people out there,” he told WFSB.

Asia Ford
Photo credit Facebook, Daniel Carlton Jr. via WFSB.

As for his mother, he called her an inspiration.

“Looking at her and how she used to be, it’s inspirational and makes me push harder to do the things I want to do in life,” he said.

A beautiful example on so many levels.

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Carmine Sabia

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