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?