NYPD’s finest photographed giving boots to barefoot homeless – warms the souls of millions

November 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Heroes

NYPD Larry DePrimo Homeless BootsI’ve been the fortunate recipient and witness to many kind acts. For each I am grateful. These kind acts take place everyday, everywhere and occasionally these kind acts are captured on film, forever recorded to be shared as a reminder of what is good in the world.

At a time when many are losing hope, when the media often chooses to focus on the negative, the bad, the dark and the dirty. Leave it to one of New York’s finest to remind us of the good, Larry DePrimo has done just that. On a night so cold that officer DePrimo wore two pairs of socks and was still cold, he spotted a homeless, barefoot man in Times Square, Manhattan. It would have been easy to turn a blind eye to the poor man, after all DePrimo was on an anti-terrorist watch and had things to do. 

But that didn’t stop him from doing a good thing. After speaking to the man for a bit, DePrimo determined the man to wear a size 12 shoe.

Then according to the New York Post, ”As the man walked slowly down Seventh Avenue on his heels, Officer DePrimo went into a Skechers shoe store at about 9:30 p.m. “We were just kind of shocked,” said Jose Cano, 28, a manager working at the store that night. “Most of us are New Yorkers and we just kind of pass by that kind of thing. Especially in this neighborhood.”

Mr. Cano volunteered to give the officer his employee discount to bring down the regular $100 price of the all-weather boots to a little more than $75. The officer has kept the receipt in his vest since then, he said, “to remind me that sometimes people have it worse.”

We may never know the name of the beneficiary, but as DePrimo told the Post “He was the most polite gentleman I had met,” the officer said, adding that the man’s face lit up at the sight of the boots. Officer DePrimo offered him a cup of coffee, but “as soon as the boots were on him, he went on his way, and I just went back to my post.”

The heroes kind act was captured by Jennifer Foster, at the time of this post the photo had nearly a half million likes. Be sure to add yours. You can see her original photo here.

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