When a nine-year-old boy found himself separated from his group while running a 5k, he turned to the marine beside him and asked, “Sir, will you please run with me?’ A heart-warming photograph captured what happened next, when 19-year-old Lance Corporal Myles Kerr dropped back in the race in order to cross the finish line with the boy, reports the Daily Mail.
The young boy, Boden Fuchs, finished the race at 34.53 minutes. Kerr finished five seconds behind him, long after his fellow marines had completed the run.
The photograph has gone viral on Facebook, accumulating over 200,000 likes and 45,000 shares.
A follower asked him if the boy was happy as he cross the line. According to Kerr’s Twitter response, the boy “still has a big smile on his face today.”
Kerr also posted on his Twitter account that “The parents of the little boy I ran with gave me $100 gift card to Grey Gables Restaurant #godbless.”
Daily Caller reached out to Kerr, who agreed to do an interview. Unfortunately, Kerr’s Twitter account was deleted hours later, and he did not respond to further requests for comment.