At sunrise early one Saturday morning, a few members of the Parris Island Stroller Warriors running club were taking a water break at Sands Beach. We were on a 20-mile training run preparing for the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon.
We flagged down a Town of Port Royal police officer, hoping he'd take our picture for us. He said he would and asked what we were doing out so early. We told him we were training for the marathon. He said he too was planning to run in the event. He took our photo, and we thanked him.
None of us were looking forward to running over the Parris Island bridge because of the high-speed traffic and the narrow shoulder. Jokingly, one of us asked, "How about an escort over the Parris Island bridge?"
We exchanged information so we could meet again at the marathon and said goodbye to the officer.
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Thirty minutes later when we reached the bridge, we noticed motorists were slowing down and changing lanes to give us more room. Officer Simpson was following us in his patrol car and stayed with us until the Parris Island exit.
We were overwhelmed by his kindness and support. We felt that he took care of us and protected us when we needed his help. This officer demonstrated that he considered "going the extra mile" part of his job.
Good luck to you, Officer Simpson, today at the Marine Corps Marathon.