One human being helps another
Officer Lawrence DePrimo of the New York Police Department, photographed on a tourist’s cell phone. The 25 year old officer bought the homeless man boots at a nearby shoe store; the photograph, placed on NYPD’s Facebook page on Tuesday, is now viral.
The tourist wrote NYPD; she is quoted at the NYPD’s Facebook page:
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.”
(Full disclosure, for what it’s worth: the tourist works as a communications director at the Pinal County, AZ sheriff’s department and is the daughter of a police officer.)