An anonymous act of human kindness on the streets of New York was captured on film by a visiting tourist. A simple, yet humbling act of human kindness that has already warmed the feet of a cold homeless man and the hearts of thousands on Facebook.
Officer Larry DePrimo of the NYPD (And a Long Islander) saw a homeless man with no shoes. He went around the corner to Skechers and bought the man a pair of warm boots and socks. He returned to him and helped him put them on. The man beamed from ear to ear. All this was seen and photgraphed by a tourist who then posted it to the NYPD Facebook page.
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, ‘The anonymous officer has been identified as Larry DePrimo of Holbrook NY.
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 their attention and appreciation, and especially to this officer, who remains anonymous.
God Bless you Mr. DePrimo.