An inspiring moment during this year’s Boston Marathon has captured the hearts of millions.
A viral Facebook video that has been viewed over 6 million times shows the moment Army Staff Sergeant Earl Granville carried a woman across the finish line on Monday.
In the clip, Granville — of Carbondale, Pennsylvania — is seen hoisting his race partner on his back and carrying her to the end of the race. The woman, who was holding an American flag, and Granville immediately embrace after he sets her down.
Granville, who lost part of his leg after a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in Afghanistan in 2008, has competed in multiple marathons. In the past, the nine-year-veteran has run the Boston, Chicago, Detroit and New York marathons using a hand-bike, according to WCVB.
But during Monday’s Boston Marathon, he completed the famous course without a bike.
Inspired onlookers rushed to congratulate Granville, giving him hugs and cheering him on as he rushed to complete the race.
“I don’t know what they’re inspired about,” Granville said in a WCVB Facebook Live broadcast at mile 16. “I’m walking.”
After the race, Granville took to his Facebook page to pen a thank you to his supporters.
“So, apparently I did something today,” he wrote. “Thank you everybody for your support. I”ll post more during the week…but until then, once again, thanks for all the encouragement. I’m so very grateful.”