The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “NYPD officer photographed GIVING BOOTS TO BAREFOOT HOMELESS MAN melts icy hearts online” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/nypd-boots-homeless-man-photo-145219581.html).
“A photo of a New York City police officer kneeling down to give a barefoot homeless man in Times Square a pair of boots on a cold November night is melting even the iciest New Yorkers’ hearts online”.
“On Nov. 14 (2012), NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo, who was on counterterrorism duty in Times Square, saw the older homeless man without shoes sitting on 42nd Street. DePrimo, 25, left and then returned with a pair of $100 boots he bought at a nearby Skechers store”.
“DePrimo, a three-year veteran of the department who lives with his parents on Long Island, told The New York Times“, “It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet. I had two pairs of socks (on) and I was still cold“.
“The RANDOM (?) act of kindness was captured by Jennifer Foster, a tourist from Florence, Ariz., who was visiting the city. Foster, communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, e-mailed the photo to the NYPD with a note commending DePrimo”. “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. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I WAS NEVER SO IMPRESSED IN MY LIFE. … 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 been lost.” Perhaps this “act of kindness” WASN’T “random”. In other words, perhaps (and this is what Medal of Honor winners SAL GIUNTA, LEROY PETRY & DAKOTA MEYER would say): ‘It was something that HAD TO BE DONE so that’s what I did’. Also “human kindness” is necessary ALL THE TIME and this is something we often forget given that we live in a HYPER-POLITICIZED world/environment now where people go after and lash out at others over the most minor/insignificant issues.
“Foster’s photo was posted on the NYPD’s Facebook page on Tuesday (November 27, 2012), where it received more than 320,000 “likes,” 77,000 “shares” and 20,000 comments—most of them praising DePrimo, who seems to have restored Facebook’s faith in HUMANITY” which is what we should be working for instead of only a district, state or even COUNTRY.
According to Desiree Wright-Borden, “This is ONE HELL of a police officer”.
According to Jack Horton, “Wow. IT’S NICE TO KNOW (that) there are still good people out there” obviously.
According to Charlene Hoffman-Pestell, “Angels TRULY DO walk on earth!!!”
“Some commenters, though, were SKEPTICAL, saying the photo could have been STAGED“. According to Louis Zehmke, “CLEVER STUNT! The hobo is ‘parked‘ at the entrance of a shoe shop“. WE WILL ALWAYS have our “skeptics”/DETRACTORS/DOUBTERS.
“But Foster claims DePrimo HAD NO IDEA (that) he was being photographed: “The officer expected NOTHING in return and DID NOT know (that) I was watching“. These people are a rare commodity these days.
This brings to mind something that TIM SHRIVER said at his father SARGENT SHRIVER‘s funeral: “Now I see him a choice. A choice to see the world jaded, broken, beset by greed (and) fraught with doubt“ (Web-site/URL: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/01/22/funeral.timothy.shriver.pool). After reading this article, it’s clear that there are still some good people with kind hearts in the world, even though the fact that this act of kindness was carried out by/came from a POLICE OFFICER is surprising/ever so slightly unusual because as we know, there are some well-documented cases of POLICE BRUTALITY, most notably against RODNEY KING (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_King).