Not all police officers deserve the ‘pig’ title that the blue uniform seems to come with.
Officer Lawrence DePrimo displayed a great act of kindness for a homeless man he didn’t know.
The Daily Mail reports:
A New York police officer’s spontaneous act of kindness has captured the praise of hundreds of thousands of people across the internet.
A tourist from Arizona captured a heartwarming photo of Lawrence Deprimo kneeling down to give a barefoot homeless man a pair of winter boots on a cold night on November 14.
Officer Deprimo said he was patrolling Times Square in the heart of Manhattan when he came across the man, who was huddled next to a storefront with nothing on his feet, the New York Times reports.
‘It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet,’ the officer told the Times. ‘I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold.’
Officer Deprimo said he talked to the homeless man and found out his shoe size: 12.
He watched the man stand up and walk slowly, painfully, down the cold pavement of the sidewalk on the balls of his feet.
The 25-year-old officer went into a nearby Skecher’s store and found a $100 pair of winter boots that he believed would keep the man warm through the winter.
Jose Cano, the assistant manager at the Skechers store in Times Square, said he discounted the Alamar Terence shoes from $100 to $49.50 because he too had become ‘inspired’.
Mr Cano, 28, said: ‘The cop came in here and said he wanted some shoes and was acting calm and normal.
‘When we asked about the size he explained what he wanted to do and that it was for a homeless guy.
‘We guessed the size and it seems they fitted. We thought it was inspirational and have him a discount – we only get two of those a month but it was worth it.
‘He didn’t take a bag and just took the boots outside and gave them to the guy who looked shocked.
‘I don’t think the cop told him what he was up to before he did it.
Mr Cano added that it was great news for the New York City Police Department as ‘they’ve finally been caught doing something good’.
Officer Deprimo said he keeps the $75 receipt as a reminder that ‘sometimes people have it worse.’
Deprimo, who lives on Long Island with his parents, joined the force in 2010.
The photo was taken by Jennifer Foster, a 911 dispatcher from from Pinal County, Arizona, who was in New York for Thanksgiving.
What a heart warming story…
But I bet you didn’t expect the story to end this way either…LOL…
Officer DePrimo…I salute you…
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