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November 30, 2012
Picture of the Week 30nov2012
Our Picture of the Week is in honor of NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo and 'Random Acts of Kindness'! While this has gone viral in a big way and and is all over the news in deserves every mention it gets. So this holiday season ...Pay it forward! We all can learn something from this act of humanity.
Culled from various sources:
NEW YORK — A tourist's snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation. Jennifer Foster, of Florence, Ariz., was visiting New York with her boyfriend Nov. 14, when she came across the shoeless man asking for change in Times Square.
As she was about to approach the homeless man, she said the officer — later identified as Larry DePrimo — came up to the man with a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks on the cold night. She recorded his generosity on her cellphone. DePrimo, 25, speaking Thursday, remembered the night clearly, that even with two pairs of socks on, his feet were freezing.
The homeless man "didn't even have a pair of socks on and I could only imagine how cold that pavement was," DePrimo said. So, he asked the man if he had anything to cover his feet. “It’s okay, Sir, I’ve never had a pair of shoes,” the man replied. “But God bless you.” As the mystery man strolled away down Seventh Ave., DePrimo caught up to him and asked him his shoe size before walking into a Skechers on W. 42nd St. “I’d like to buy a pair of boots, something that will last a while,” DePrimo told a worker. “I don’t care what the price is.”
A few minutes later, the kindhearted cop bought a $100 pair of all-weather boots, size 12. Store manager Jose Cano applied his employee discount to lower the price. “It was really inspiring to see someone take five minutes out of their work day to do something small that can become something big,” said the manager.
The photo shows the officer kneeling beside the man with the boots at his feet. "I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let's put them on and take care of you," Foster quoted DePrimo as telling the man. Foster, a dispatch manager at the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, wrote: "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."
DePrimo said buying the boots "was something I had to do." He tried to persuade the man to get something to eat, but he declined. "When I brought out the shoes, it was just a smile from ear to ear," he said. "It was a great moment for both of us."
“I think it’s an important reminder,” he said. “You see something like this and you remember that people have it worse.”