- uploaded: Nov 30, 2012
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Tis the season of giving, and no time was that more apparent than on a street corner in New York City earlier this month. That's when a tourist witnessed an NYPD officer giving a homeless man without shoes and with blistered feed a pair of winter boots. The photo taken of the scene, unbeknown to the officer at the time, has since gone viral. The cellphone photo of Officer Lawrence DePrimo, snapped by Jennifer Foster of Florence, Ariz., on Nov. 14, has been made it onto news sites and blogs around the world. The photo posted on the NYPD's official Facebook page has been liked more than 315,000 times and shared more than 74,000 times. According to the New York Times, as of Wednesday evening it had been viewed by more than 1.6 million people. Here's how Foster, who is the communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office in Arizona, set the scene, according to the NYPD's post: "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. The officer expected NOTHING in 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. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared."