Runners at Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah had it rough this weekend with high temperatures and humidity. The conditions led race officials to enact a heat plan, which included misters, sponge stations and more, but even with those precautions, some runners had to be diverted for safety reasons.
One runner, Robert McCoy, had more problems to deal with than just the heat when he fell 200 yards from the marathon finish line due to exhaustion, cutting his face and legs. Police and paramedics ran to the man’s side—one of which was Sergeant John Cain, a 27-year veteran of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department—who asked medics if he could help McCoy to the finish.
Medics followed behind the pair on bike as they finished the race and McCoy earned his finisher’s medal.
Later race weekend, McCoy was able to thank Sergeant Cain and present him with a finisher’s medal of his own.