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Cop’s Gesture to Homeless Man Has People Talking

In a world where bad news dominates headlines, one New York City police officer’s random act of kindness has people taking pause. We’d like to hear your thoughts on the issue Tampa Bay!

Geography aside, New York City is about as far away from the Tampa Bay area as the moon.

It’s highly developed, over-populated and practically paved over with concrete – not to mention the fact palm trees just aren’t a part of the landscape.

One thing the Big Apple and Tampa Bay do have in common, however, are people who can still be touched by small gestures that restore faith in humanity.

Case in point: the story about the New York City police officer who gave a shoeless, homeless man a pair of boots. Officer Larry DePrimo’s random act of kindness has sparked conversation not only in the city, but in places far away, including the Tampa Bay area.

Locally, some law enforcement agencies are taking up the story as one that simply highlights that cops are people, too. The story illustrates the “great work officers do daily,” according to the Tampa Police Department’s Facebook page. That particular TPD post has been liked by 181 people and generated 9 comments so far.

Bay area residents, too, have been sharing the photo of DePrimo and the homeless man on their own Facebook pages. They’re admitting the officer’s action has warmed their hearts, made them smile and even helped them remember that the negative headlines that dominate daily news don’t always tell the whole story.

We’d like to hear from you Tampa Bay! What do you think about Officer DePrimo’s act of kindness? Has it reminded you about the good still in the world? Do you have other examples of kind acts you’ve witnessed – or initiated – right here in Tampa Bay?

RD December 01, 2012 at 08:03 PM
That is an amazing story, Sherri. It warms my heart, especially having read all the comments here.
Suzanne S December 01, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I'm new to the area, but from what I have seen, people people will step on a homeless person's face to get to a stay dog and lavish it with pampering. I'm an animal-lover too, a vegetarian in fact, but it seems to me that the priorities around here are pretty f**ked-up.
Rex Miller December 02, 2012 at 11:05 AM
This is such a rare behavior for a cop that it is noteworthy. Millions of people do these kinds of acts daily and they go unnoticed.
Brenda Smoak December 02, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Loved the pic even before I knew the story. Then loved the story when I heard the interview with the policeman. Look down at your feet and if you have shoes on them, be thankful. That could be you on the receiving end in the blink of an eye. So glad to know the story went viral immediately. We need more good happening in our world!
Linda Craig December 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The sad part is that he's actually not homeless. He has an apartment that is government subsidized. It was in the Tampa Bay Times either yesterday or today. However... kudos to the officer :-)

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