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Larry DePrimo : Grandfather Inspired Act of Kindness

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New York City police officer says advice he once received from his grandfather led him to purchase shoes for a homeless man in Times Square a random act of kindness that was captured on camera and has become an Internet hit.

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Red T (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:41 am
"I had two pairs of wool winter socks and combat boots, and I was cold," DePrimo, 25, said Wednesday, recalling the night of Nov. 14, when he encountered an unidentified, shoeless man on the sidewalk on Seventh Avenue near 44th Street.DePrimo offered to get him socks and shoes.

"I never had a pair of shoes," the man replied, according to DePrimo, who's assigned to the Sixth Precinct and has been on the force nearly three years.The officer walked to a Skechers store on 42nd Street and shelled out $75 for insulated winter boots and thermal socks. He returned to the man, knelt down and put the footwear on him."He smiled from ear to ear," DePrimo said. "It was like you gave him a million dollars."

Red T (0)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:54 am
DePrimo told CBS News' John Miller that he was shocked to see the man's bare
feet."I went up to him and I said, 'Buddy where's your socks, where's your
shoes?'" DePrimo said. "He said, 'It's okay officer, I never had a pair of
shoes.' And that to me it took me back a few.'"

The 25-year-old said wise words from his grandfather spurred his good deed."The
true inspiration was my grandfather, and he told me when I was much younger, 'If
you are going to do something, do it 100 percent. And do it, or don't do it at
all,'" DePrimo said. "And I think that stuck with me my entire life."

Irma Paulme (94)
Friday November 30, 2012, 4:18 am

May his tribe increase, Police Officer DePrimo!
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