I borrowed this image and text from the NYPD Facebook page. It was written by Jennifer Foster, who witnessed the event and took the picture. In a world so full of criticism and negativity, it’s important to catch someone in the act of doing something right. This is Ms. Foster’s account of the event:
“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.”
Nor has it been lost on us. Thank you, Ms. Foster and Officer DePremo.