Chicago Marathon runner finishes race with help from officers

Thursday, October 12, 2017 06:15AM
Chicago officers help marathon runner. Tamala Edwards reports during Action News at 5 a.m. on October 12, 2017.

CHICAGO - One Chicago Marathon runner finished the race with some help from two Chicago police officers.

Edward Hensley said he woke up Sunday to some pain in his hip, but was determined to run his ninth Chicago marathon.

But after 24 miles, he was in excruciating pain and collapsed.

It turned out he had a fractured hip.

Police officer Joseph Siska was nearby and helped Hensley to a nearby first aid station.

Officer Siska came back and with the help of another officer they walked with Hensley for two miles so he could cross the finish line.

"At one point, they both said, 'It doesn't matter how long this takes, we're going to be here and we're going to get to the finish line,'" Hensley said.

With a folding chair as his cane, it took the three men more than an hour to walk those two miles.

And yes, it turns out, Hensley ran most of the marathon on a broken hip.
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