A photo captured of an NYPD officer giving a barefoot man a pair of shoes has gone viral on Facebook, news sources report.
Larry DePrimo of the Sixth Precinct saw a shoeless man on the sidewalk on the night of Nov. 14. He found out the man's shoe size and then went into a Skechers store on 42nd Street and purchased a pair of insulated boots and thermal socks, Newsday reported.
He returned to the man and knelt down to put the boots on the man's feet, Newsday reported.
Tourist Jennifer Foster of Florence, Ariz., was watching the whole thing. She took a photo of the interaction and sent it to the NYPD, along with a note, ABC World News reported.
"I have been in law enforcement for 17 years," Foster wrote. "I was never so impressed in my life. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work," she wrote, as ABC World News reported.
Foster did not get the officer's name. NYPD posted her message and photo on its Facebook page, and the officer was identified, ABC World News reported.
DePrimo has since received an incredible amount of attention worldwide, which has been "shocking, he told the New York Times. He joined the NYPD in 2010, Newsday reported. He lives in Long Island with his parents and did not know about the photo or that it was going to be posted online, he told the New York Times.
"It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man's feet," DePrimo told the New York Times.
The NYPD's post of Foster's photo and message has received 347,000 "likes" on Facebook. It has been shared over 94,000 times as of Nov. 29, ABC World News reported.