SAVANNAH, Ga – The Savannah-Chatham Metro police officer who gained world-wide attention for the way he aided an injured runner has died. John Cain’s son George announced on Facebook Sunday morning that his father died after his battle with cancer.
“It is with deep sorrow and regret that I must inform everyone that my father John Cain is no longer with us,” George Cain wrote. “He has moved onto a bigger and better place where pain and suffering is no longer a thing for him. May he forever be at peace and smile as he looks down and watches over us all.”
The man Cain assisted, Robert McCoy, ran the Savannah Bridge Run Saturday with a headband that donned John Cain’s name.
Cain lived and exuded the motto of, “Never give up. Keep fighting.”
“John would make you better, he’d push you, he’d give you goals, and people loved him for it,” Metro Police Capt. Ashley Brown said. The two knew each other for more than twenty years but recently became best friends.
Cain’s death hits him especially hard, as the two spent years together both inside and outside of the police station.
“The realization that we’ll never play golf again, the realization that he’ll never call me ‘Boss’ again,” Brown said.
Despite the sadness in losing his colleague and best friend, Brown is confident that Cain’s death won’t be in vain.
“You’re gonna hear John Cain’s name long after today or tomorrow,” Brown said.
While Cain’s legacy strongly is based in his split-second decision to help McCoy, Brown now sees that marathon as a fitting metaphor for Cain’s life.
“He finished the race well and he had a lot of people who helped him cross the finish line,” Brown said.
Cain leaves behind a wife and three children. WSAV will keep you updated on service arrangements.