Recent incidents of police brutality in the U.S. have created a certain negative perception of men and women in uniform. The public is more fearful and there is a general air of mistrust surrounding the law enforcement agencies these days. However, these heart-warming photos from Rodes City Run are a testament that not all cops are cruel or dangerous. In fact, some of them are very kind and courteous.
Kentucky woman Asia Ford, who has lost 217 pounds over the span of two years in a bid to live a healthier life, entered a Louisville 10K run. Although she had trained for months, her plans to win the race went awry as soon as she crossed the 4K milestone. Due to exertion, Ford began to have difficulty breathing.
Paramedics rushed to check on her but she refused to stop, adamant to cross the finish line. That’s when Lt. Aubrey Gregory, who was passing in his patrol car, decided to step in and help the struggling runner.
"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."
Hand in hand with Gregory and her son Terrence, the 35-year-old Ford finished the race amid tears and applause from the crowd.
"Watching her cross the finish line," Gregory said, "I felt it all over. It was great moment and I'm glad she let me be a part of it."
"He [Lt. Gregory] was like my angel," said Ford. "He came at the moment I really needed him.”
Even though she came last in the race, her son Terrence was exceptionally proud of her mother.
"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," said Terrance.
This also changed his point of view about cops.
"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 added.
Asia Ford is a mother of three who embarked on her journey to lose weight after her husband lost a limb to diabetes and she was worried about her children’s future in case her own health failed. At her heaviest, she weighed 474 pounds.