SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. - Many will tell you most runs along 30A are scenic ones. But for Laura Anderson, things got a little foggy around Mile 12 during the 30A Half Marathon.
"I came up towards one of the water stations and there was a female laying on the ground," said Walton County Deputy James Maloy.
Fatigue and dehydration bringing Anderson to a complete halt and catching the attention of Maloy.
"We called EMS to come check on her," said Maloy. "They told her she needed to go get checked out at the hospital."
The runner refused. She was determined to finish was she started.
"She said she wanted to finish the race, she wanted to cross the finish line."
Unable to run, Deputy Maloy drives her closer to the finish line so she can walk across. However, when they arrived, she told Maloy she'll only do it if he goes too.
"She didn't want to cross it unless I helped her, because we had been helping her before."
So, hand in hand, they cross the finish line. It's a moment of determination and kindness, now melting hearts on FaceBook.
Dozens of people leaving their thanks for Deputy Maloy in the comments below that heartwarming photo.
"I think anybody would have come across her, at least with this agency, would've done the exact same thing."
While it's a small gesture for Maloy, he knows it's a big victory for Anderson. One he's happy he could be a part of.
"This is what we're here for. We're here to help the community," said Maloy. "We don't do it for the money. We do it because we love what we do, we're called to it."
According to Walton County Sheriff's Office facebook page, Anderson recovered immediately after getting some fluids and electrolytes. She wrote on their page, "Deputy Maloy is a shining example of law enforcement and humanity."
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