Thursday, November 29, 2012

Photo of Cop Giving Boots to Barefoot Homeless Man Goes Viral

In what is surely the Age of Cynicism, it is gratifying to find an actual hero. The photo of Police Officer Lawrence Deprimo, hero, has gone .. viral: 
Police officer Lawrence Deprimo bought new boots for a homeless man he encountered in Times Square... The act of kindness would have gone unnoticed and mostly forgotten, had it not been for a tourist from Arizona. 
 Her snapshot — taken with her cellphone on Nov. 14 and posted to the New York Police Department’s official Facebook page late Tuesday — has made Officer Deprimo an overnight Internet hero. ..
Officer Deprimo, 25, who joined the department in 2010 and lives with his parents on Long Island, was shocked at the attention. He was not warned before the photo went online; the department had not learned which officer was in the picture until hours later.
"We were just kind of shocked," said Jose Cano, 28, a manager working at the store that night. "Most of us are New Yorkers and we just kind of pass by that kind of thing. Especially in this neighborhood."