Picture of police officer helping woman cross race finish line goes viral

Asia is helped by the officer and her son
Asia is helped by the officer and her son

This picture of a police officer helping a woman cross the finish line of the Rodes City Run in Louisville, Kentucky has gone viral after being shared on Reddit.

Asia Ford was participating in her first run on Saturday when she began to feel sick after the fourth mile.

Lt. Aubrey Gregory noticed that she was beginning to falter so he got out to help.

"I'm not going to let her quit, so I got out and she immediately grabbed my hand,"  Lt Gregory said.

"He asked me if I wanted to stop and I was like, 'No,' we have two more miles to go," Ford recalled.

Joined by her son, they talked about Asia's struggle with her weight as they edged towards the finish line.

"It's been a struggle because nothing is easy in life," Ford said, "It's been a lot of teary-eyed moments, but I know I want it for myself."

She said her heaviest weigh-in was at 474 pounds. She knew something had to change. It finally did, when her husband at the time, lost a limb as a result of diabetes. From that moment on, every time she went to the doctor, her children worried.

"That is when I woke up and I couldn't allow them to be on this earth without my help and the only way I would be able to help them is if I helped myself first," she said.

Ford started working out, joined a boot camp with a group of supportive friends and before she knew it, she had lost 25 pounds.

She's been shedding weight ever since.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer posted a pair of photos of the moment on his Facebook page showing the raw emotion of the moment Ford crossed that barrier.

The first image, posted on the WHAS11 Facebook page garnered more than 40,000 likes and was shared more than 6,000 times in a matter of hours after the race.