Officer Larry DePrimo’s random act of kindness has touched and inspired a nation. Jennifer Foster of Florence, AZ was visiting Times Square when she saw Officer DePrimo stop to give a $100 pair of boots to a homeless man whose feet were covered in blisters. Unbeknownst the DePrimo, Foster took a picture and sent the photo to the NYPD, who put it on their Facebook page. Instantly the photo went viral and garnered comments from over 30,000 people around the world. This morning Officer DePrimo and Jennifer Foster join “Starting Point” to discuss his decision to help this particular shoeless man and why she snapped the picture.
On the topic of why he chose to help this particular homeless man DePrimo says, “the biggest two things that night was it was extremely cold out and this gentlemen didn’t even have a pair of socks on.” The officer adds that he also saw the man had blisters on his feet, “probably about the size of [his] palm.” DePrimo goes on to explain that the fact the homeless man “wasn’t bothering anybody” and “was a gentleman” when he spoke and approached him were two more reasons for why he “had to help him.” DePrimo says as a police officer “you do things like this all the time and I think that’s what a lot of people haven’t noticed and are starting to notice which is great.”
One person who took notice was Foster who says one of her reasons for taking the photo was because the moment was reminiscent of something her father once did. At a young age Foster explains she witnessed her father who was also in law enforcement purchase breakfast for a person in need. Foster adds, “I know that these things do happen all over the country with law enforcement all of the time but I still recognized it as remarkable.”