An NYPD officer pays it forward by buying a homeless man a pair of Sketchers shoes. The photo was posted on the NYPD’s Facebook Page and instantly became a big hit. The photo has received more than 346,000 likes and has more than 93,000 shares already. According to the New York Times, as of Wednesday evening the photo had been viewed by more than 1.6 million people.
The cellphone picture was taken by Jennifer Foster of Florence, Arizona on November 14, 2012. Jennifer Foster and her boyfriend were visiting New York when they saw the shoeless man asking for change. This is what she wrote on the NYPD Facebook page about what she saw:
Our thanks to the Fosters for their attention and appreciation, and especially to this officer.”Jennifer Foster of Florence, AZ was visiting Times Square with her husband Nov. 14 when they saw a shoeless man asking for change. She writes, “Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. 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. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching*. 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. 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 NYPD Officer who gave the homeless man shoes is 25-year-old Officer Larry DePrimo. He said, “I had two pairs of wool winter socks and combat boots, and I was cold,” recalling the night of Nov. 14, when he encountered an unidentified, shoeless man on the sidewalk on Seventh Avenue near 44th Street.
After chatting with the homeless man, DePrimo went the Skechers store nearby. The Skecher store manager told the New York Times, “We were just kind of shocked. Most of us are New Yorkers and we just kind of pass by that kind of thing. Especially in this neighborhood.” Being touched by the kindness of Officer DePrimo, the store manager gave him his employee discount. That brought the boots down to $75 instead of $100. The officer said he’s kept the receipt in his pocket ever since “to remind me that sometimes people have it worse.”
NYPD Officer’s Act of Kindess Goes Viral
An NYPD officer’s act of kindness has gone viral on Facebook.
Jennifer Foster, a Florence, Ariz., tourist, posted a photograph of the officer giving a homeless man a pair of boots and socks on a frigid night in Times Square. The image became an instant hit on the NYPD’s Facebook page. More than 308,861 users “liked” his generosity as of Thursday morning.
Newsday identified him as Larry DePrimo of Holbrook, Long Island. He’s assigned to the 6th Precinct in Manhattan.
The homeless man said he’d never had a pair of shoes. DePrimo purchased a pair of insulated boots and thermal socks and put them on the man’s feet. DePrimo said the man “smiled from ear to ear. It was like you gave him a million dollars.”
NYPD officer helping homeless goes viral
A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation.