One random act of kindness can touch so many people. A photo of a New York City police officer helping a homeless man has gone viral.

Jennifer Foster and her husband were visiting Times Square 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.

Our thanks to the Fosters for sharing their story and the photo of this random act of kindness.  The officer has been identified as Lawrence DePrimo who noticed the man on 42nd street without shoes so he bought him a $100 pair of boots. 'It was freezing out, and you could see the blisters on the man's feet,' DePrimo, told the New York Times. 'I had two pairs of socks, and I was still cold.'

The photo was posted on the NYPD Facebook page Tuesday and already has over 364,000 likes and 105,000 shares.


If only there were more people in the world like officer DePrimo.  May he be re-paid ten fold.