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November 30th, 2012
10:16 AM ET

Officer Larry DePrimo on his random act of kindness towards shoeless man: 'I had to help him'

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.”

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  1. Mohamed Quinalty

    Intense rubbing can cause a blister, as can any friction on the skin if continued long enough. This kind of blister is most common after walking long distances or by wearing new or poorly fitting pair of shoes...*^`

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    June 9, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jack Di Salvo

    This story touched my inner soul. I wrote and sent a small check to this officer c/o NYPD police department. I think many other citizens did the same, I would really like to see a followup story on what he has done. I will bet this has been a life altering moment for this great young man.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. maria

    God bless him he is a cutie ! and compassionate person ,I saw and hear this man sold the shoes and didn't show any gratitud about he even complan about it! talking about eating the hand that feeds you! how ungrateful....this officer make the New York police look good ,after this man appeared in Tv talking about ..I don't think people want to help the homeless ,this man is not eve homeless he is lazy! but not matter what the officer will be blessed for his act of kindness! bless him!

    December 14, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. James Reeves

    I just want to say thank you to the Officer and may God Bless You for your kind heart-warming deed. The homeless man in the photo I believe is my relative Kevin Reeves, a United States Army Veteran from Philadelphia PA. He is dealing with some mental issues and needs professional help. He has been missing for a couple of years and his family would like to get him help. If any one knows of his where abouts...please contact me via in-box asp along with family so that we may get him the proper help. May God Bless. Please email

    November 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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