PHOTO: Police Officer Warms Homeless Man’s Feet and Our Hearts

A police officer and a pair of boots will restore your faith in humanity.

This story will melt your heart.

On a cold night in New York City, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working his shift when he came across an older homeless gentleman, according to the New York Times.

A tourist from Arizona, Jennifer Foster, snapped this picture to capture the moment. In her own words on the the NYPD’s Facebook page:

“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.”

This officer embodies what it means to be a good man. He stepped out of his routine, noticed someone that we all would normally pass over, and bought him something simple that will go a long way in NYC.

Our CEO, Lisa Hickey, said that after seeing this story, she thought about doing the same thing for someone in her community. DePrimo’s character—when no one was looking–inspired other people to care for their fellow human beings.

That is the impact that good men have, and what we all should aspire to do as individuals.

Bravo, Officer DePrimo. Bravo.

Photo credit: Jennifer Foster, NYPD’s Facebook Page

About Deanna Ogle

Deanna Ogle hails from the greater Detroit area and her work has appeared in The Good Men Project, The Printed Blog, and Provoketive Magazine. She is studying journalism and religious studies, and writes at her personal blog Soul like a Spider. Loves: carnations, iced espresso, and watching movies with her husband. Find her at Twitter, Google and Facebook.


  1. Kirsten (in MT) says:

    That’s great, but what does he do the rest of the time? It would be interesting to know how many peaceful people he has put in jail for victimless crimes.

    • Are you kidding me? please tell us all you are kidding.

      What is your life all about if you can read a true story like this and all you can come up with is “what if”?
      What if. So What. My God!

      I never imagined I would I would read about someone pissing on the Cop (a Man) and his selfless deed.

      I had to come to GMP to find a Good Man being pissed upon. My God! And the comments of mine they delete. 50% of them, for pointing out ugly truths…but they let YOU publicly piss on this fantastic Man!

      I see you are a writer Kirsten. Put your true nature in-line with your keyboard where it will not hurt Good Men. Maybe write a text? I hear Wellesley is seeking one on “The Art of Hating Goodness in Men.”


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