NYPD cop giving boots to homeless man caught on camera goes viral on Facebook, receives praises (Photo)By Angel Cuala on Nov 30, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States •
Updated: December 4, 2012 3:00 p.m.
A NYPD cop named Larry DePrimo, bought a new pair of boots and gave it to a homeless man in Times Square on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, and was caught on camera, as shown in the photo below. The heroic act of the NYPD cop is now going viral at Facebook and has earned tons of praises from observers.
Larry DePrimo, NYPD cop, giving boots to
a homeless man in Times Square
Image Credit: NYPD Facebook
As noted at the official Facebook page of the New York Police Department (NYPD) this Wednesday, November 28, Jennifer Foster, a civilian communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, was with her husband two weeks ago when she spotted and immediately took a photo of the touching scene.
“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.” Foster was quoted in the post.
“The officer expected nothing n 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.” Foster added, noting that human kindness has not yet been lost.
According to the New York Times last Wednesday, the NYPD officer was later identified as Larry DePrimo, 25, who joined the department in 2010 and lives with his parents on Long Island, and is normally assigned to the Sixth Precinct in the West Village. He was not aware that his kindness went viral, not until he was interviewed.
“It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet. I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold.” Larry DePrimo was quoted in an interview. He was seen talking to the homeless man and he left, but returned later and gave him a new pair of boots, he bought from a nearby shoe store.
“We were just kind of shocked. Most of us are New Yorkers and we just kind of pass by that kind of thing. Especially in this neighborhood.” Jose Cano, 28, a manager working that night at the Sketchers store where DePrimo bought the boots, said. He noted that it was priced at $100 but he gave it to Larry for bit higher than $75.
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