Picture of NY Police Officer’s Random Act of Kindness Goes Viral, Inspires Thousands

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NEW YORK — One selfless act done by a New York police officer was caught on camera without him knowing, and the picture has since gone viral.

According to the New York Police Department’s Facebook page, a woman from Florence, Ariz., witnessed a NY police officer give a homeless man a pair of boots and thermal socks.

Working in law enforcement herself, Jennifer Foster said she so impressed, she had to bring attention to the policeman’s random act of kindness.

“The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather,'” Foster wrote, detailing what she saw on that cold November day. “The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching.”

Of course, after seeing the photo, the New York Police Department knew who the officer was. His name: Larry DePrimo, who — after getting thrust into the Good Samaritan’s spotlight — said, “I didn’t think anything of it.”

But Foster did, and apparently hundreds of thousands of others. The Facebook photo posted by the NYPD has been shared over 114,000 times and counting. It’s been liked nearly 400,000 times and the story has been picked up by the New York Times, News Day and a variety of other news organizations.

According to the New York Times, DePrimo noticed blisters on the homeless man’s feet.

“I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold,” DePrimo told the NY Times.

So DePrimo went into a Sketchers shoe store and purchased a pair of boots and thermal socks. The manager, Joe Cano, offered DePrimo his employee discount, bringing the total to $75.

On the flip side

Earlier this year in Detroit, a paramedic was punished by the city for giving a cold, half-naked man a blanket after a house fire. The blanket was donated to the EMS department, but the city said employees must get permission to give “department property” away. Read that story here.

Have you ever done a random act of kindness? If so, leave us a comment at the bottom of this story.

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