Asia Ford was determined to finish what she started, and with the help of a police officer and her son, she makes it to the finish line.
At mile 4 into the Rodes City Run in Louisville Kentucky, Asia Ford was struggling with being able to breathe and that’s when Lt. Aubrey Gregory stepped in and went beyond the call of duty. Officer Gregory got out of his patrol car to check on her. Before he could get a few question out, Ford was shaking her head no. She said she was going to finish the race.
Gregory kept his eye on her and short distance later he notices she was having trouble again. He then told his partner he was going to walk with Asia. “As soon as I walked up to her, she immediately grabbed my hand,” Gregory said. He then told her, “If you don’t want to stop, then we’re going to do this together.”
Asia Ford, Officer Aubrey Gregory and Asia’s son crossed the finish line hand in hand in 3rd to last place, proving you don’t have to finish in first to be the real winner of the race.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on honoring Ford and Gregory posted a few photos of the two on Facebook.
Ford took to Facebook later to thank supporters, calling Gregory her “angel.” Gregory was also touched by Asia. “To see Asia accomplish what she did,” Gregory said his heart swelled “and that joy spreads out and you end up getting that tingly goose bumps all over — that is what I felt when I watched her approach that finish line and I started to hear all the people cheer and yell for her and I watched her raise her arms in triumph. That was a very, very special moment that I will never forget.”