VIDEO: TX police officer's random act of kindness caught on camera

CNN/KWES
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 10:36am

Someone caught a Texas police officer in the act, taking a photo while the officer was offering help to a homeless man in Odessa.

It was an act of kindness caught on camera, an Odessa police officer kneeling down next to a homeless man, offering him a pair of boots.

"It seemed like the right thing to do," said Corporal Jeremy Walsh. "I had something that somebody else needed that I didn't need."

The act of kindness is gaining a lot of attention on Facebook after a photo was snapped at a shopping center near 8th Street.

Walsh says the homeless man in the picture goes by "AJ" and is someone he's come to know during his time on patrol.

"From what he's told me, he was in Colorado for a good while," said Walsh. "He ended up getting frostbite and losing the front parts of his feet."

The officer says he noticed "AJ" had been without shoes for some time.

"He used to have some steel-toed Dockers," said Walsh. "They ended up falling apart on him. Well, I have some boots that I never wear, because they're a size too small, and they're just collecting dust in my closet, so I figured "AJ" could use them a lot more than I could."

Walsh, who's also an Army vet, says "AJ" often turns down help, but he eventually took the boots.

"AJ had to do a little back and forth," said Walsh. "I saw him today and he said, 'I haven't forgotten about ya'. I said, 'it wouldn't be a gift if we were trading, bro.'

"AJ" says he felt the picture was keeping Walsh from his regular duties. Still, he says he's grateful. As for Walsh, he wasn't expecting all the attention.

"I've had a lot of supportive comments and pats on the back from the guys," said Walsh. "Transients or homeless people, they're still people. If I can help him in some way or anyone else, I can and i will."

 

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