NYPD Officer Shows Act Of Kindness
A New York Police Department officer's act of kindness has gone viral online because of a photo taken by a passerby. Jennifer Foster of Florence, Ariz., was visiting Times Square with her husband when she came across a shoeless man asking for change. Foster just so happens to be in law enforcement as the manager of the Pinal County Sheriff's public safety communications center. She was about to approach the man when Officer DePrimo came up the man.
Here's what Foster had to say about what she witnessed:
"Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him," Foster wrote in a message to the NYPD. "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 said that the officer did not know she was watching and she took a photo.
"I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer's name," Foster wrote. "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 on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared."
The officer has since been identified as Lawrence DePrimo, 25, of Long Island and has been with the NYPD since 2010. The officer is shocked by all the attention.
Here's what DePrimo told the New York Times:
"It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man's feet," DePrimo told the paper. "I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold."
The officer found out that the man, whose name he does not know, wore a size 12 shoe, so he bought the man a pair of shoes. Now that's what the holidays are all about!