Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered the shivering victim and immediately disappeared and returned moments later with a new pair of boots, and even knelt to help the man put them on…
The random act of kindness by a guardian angel in uniform may have gone unnoticed if not for a tourist from Arizona who snapped the heart-warming image on her cell phone and posted it to the New York Police Department’s Facebook page, and by Thursday it had already garnered over 410,000 likes and been shared 135,000 times.
Jennifer Foster of Florence, Arizona, said she spotted the homeless man begging for change, “Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him,” she revealed.
“The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man.”
Foster, a civilian communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, was blown away by the generous gesture and “presentation of human kindness,” revealing that the cop expected nothing in return and didn’t know she was watching. She did not know the officer’s name so posted the photo on Facebook to identify him, in what has now become a runaway hit for the Police Department’s fledgling social media efforts.
The 25-year-old cop from Long Island has responded to the outpouring of respect by simply saying, “I didn’t think anything of it.”
God Bless you Officer Larry DePrimo one act of kindness goes a long way in showing others what true humanity is all about. Just think if we all did one random act of kindness what a wondeful world it would be.