A young Marine is showing us that nice guys really do finish last.
While running in The Jeff Drench Memorial 5K in Charlevoix, Mich., Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr stopped to help out a young boy struggling to finish the race. Kerr, 19, put aside his ambition to beat his fellow Marines and instead helped motivate 9 year-old Brandon Fuchs, who lost his party during the race, to make it to the finish line.
According to the 5K results online, the Marine ended up with the slowest time in his age group.
Now, thousands of social media users are now celebrating his act of kindness after Seals Of Honor, a Facebook group commemorating the life of Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy who died fighting in Afghanistan, posted a photo of Kerr and Fuchs running together.
Kerr was surprised that his story inspired so many people online. He responded to tweets commemorating his kindness saying, "I was just doing what any man would do, but thank you!"
According to his Twitter, he also received gifts from Fuchs' family for his help.
The parents of the little boy I ran with gave me $100 gift card to Grey Gables Restaurant #godbless
— Myles M. Kerr (@Myles_Kerr) July 31, 2013