With only yards to go to finish the Boston marathon, the weary runner couldn’t go on.
She crumpled to the curb, head in her hand, unable to finish the race.
She was done.
Or, so she thought.
A Boston police officer wasn’t about to let that happen when she was so close to the finish line.
He crouched next to her, encouraged her to go on and handed her a bottle of water. He tried several times to help her up until the woman finally rose to her feet and crossed the finish line a minute later.
This story along with a series of photos sent anonymously to the Boston Police Department were posted today on the department’s Facebook page.
The anonymous spectator wrote: “I … do not want credit but I only think it is fair that an act of sincere support receives the appreciation that it truly deserves.”