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TODAY -- Pictured: Larry Deprimo appears on NBC News TODAY -- Pictured: Larry Deprimo appears on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)  

NYPD officer buys boots for homeless man, captures heart of entire internet

Every NYPD officer takes an oath to serve and protect the city’s residents before joining the force. Larry DePrimo decided to go one step further.

According to New York Daily News, the 25-year-old cop saw a homeless man with exposed feet during a blistering cold night in Times Square.

When DePrimo approached him, the humble man told him, “It’s okay, sir, I’ve never had a pair of shoes. But God bless you.”

In a remarkable act of compassion, the officer walked into a nearby Sketchers and bought a $100 pair of all-weather boots, as well as thermal socks. An Arizona tourist snapped a photo of the cop bending down to bring the barefooted homeless man his new shoes.

The photo spread like wildfire. Mayor Bloomberg tweeted that the cop exemplified “an important reminder to give back this holiday season,” and DePrimo appeared on Friday morning’s “Today” show.

He deserves the attention. Thanks to this young, altruistic officer, America got to see a small Christmas miracle before we even reached December.

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