NYPD officer’s kindness sparks online sensation

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An NYPD officer tends to a homeless man. (Photo: NYPD via Facebook)

NEW YORK (AP) – 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, a tourist from Florence, Ariz., took a cellphone picture of Officer Larry DePrimo giving the man the all-weather boots and socks on a frigid night in Times Square on Nov. 14.

The image was posted on the NYPD’s Facebook page and became an instant hit. More than 325,000 users “liked” his generosity as of Thursday morning.

DePrimo tells Newsday the homeless man “smiled from ear to ear. It was like you gave him a million dollars.”

He tells The New York Times he keeps the receipt for the boots in his vest to remind him “that sometimes people have it worse.”

You can read Foster’s firsthand account on the NYPD’s Facebook page.

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