Ariz. woman talks about snapping photo of NYPD cop, homeless man

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by Catherine Holland

GMAZ interview by Scott Pasmore and Kaley O'Kelley

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 10:00 AM

PHOENIX -- An Arizona woman's photo has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.

When Jennifer Foster quietly snapped the now famous shot of a New York police officer giving a pair of boots to a homeless man, she never dreamed it would generate such incredible attention.

The officer in Foster's photo has since been identified as Larry DePrimo. The two have gotten to know each other since Foster's photo went viral on Facebook.

Foster, who is in New York to do interviews with some national shows, called in to "Good Morning! Arizona" Friday to chat with Scott Pasmore and Kaley O'Kelley.

"I just want to make sure that the focus remains on Officer DePrimo and the good thing that he did, and the fact that there are people in the condition that this gentleman that Officer DePrimo helped all over ...," she said. "Surely, although this happened in New York, there are things like this that happen in Arizona all the time with law enforcement out there.

"I know that our officers and our deputies in Arizona stop and they offer the same assistance, whether it's water or shoes or food," she continued. "I see this happen every single day and so when I saw this occurring here in New York, I just thought this was such a remarkable thing and I surely would have wanted to know if this was happening with one of our deputies in Pinal County.

"All I wanted to do, really, was let his supervisor know that he had done this thing anonymously."

Neither DePrimo nor the homeless man knew Foster was there.

"That is exactly the reason I took the picture," she said. "I wasn't about to interrupt that interaction between he and that gentleman. That is one of the reasons it ended up on Facebook -- so NYPD could figure out who he was. It was absolutely anonymous. He wanted no credit for what he did."

And what DePrimo did was spend about $100 of his own money on a pair of boots for a stranger who was down on his luck.

“You could see the blisters were about the size of my hands and my heart just went out to him,” said Officer DePrimo, in an interview with CNN.  

Foster said DePrimo's act of kindness inspired her, and based on the response her photo has garnered, others -- many, many others -- feel the same way.

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