Recently a photo of a New York City Police officer doing a random act of kindness by giving a homeless man boots has gone viral.
25 year old Lawrence DePrimo, a NYPD officer was on-duty in Times Square saw an older man sitting on the corner of 42nd Street. The homeless man had no shoes sitting leaning up a against a building on a freezing New York night. DePrimo went to a nearby Skechers store and bought the homeless (and shoeless) man a $100 pair of boots.
“It was freezing out, and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet,” DePrimo, a three-year veteran of the department who lives with his parents on Long Island, told the New York Times. “I had two pairs of socks, and I was still cold.”
A tourist from Arizona captured the act and took a photo and emailed it to the NYPD with a note praising Officer DePrimo.
“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,’” Foster wrote. “The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man.
“I have been in law enforcement for 17 years,” she continued. “I was never so impressed in my life. … It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost.”
The photo was then posted on the NYPD’s Facebook page and it received over 320,000 “likes,” 77,000 “shares” and 20,000 comments.