VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WRIC/ABC) — An off-duty Virginia Beach Police officer who was photographed giving a homeless woman a new pair of shows wants to remain anonymous for his good deed.
“I feel as though I didn’t do anything different from any officers I work with, or any other officers in the nation,” the master police officer of the Virginia Beach Police Department told ABC News.
“It looked like she was having a pretty hard time getting around, so I decided to stop and talk to her for a moment,” he said. “She was very thankful and I was more than happy to help her out. She got a little teary-eyed over it. I gave her a big old hug and said ‘God Bless.'”
Virginia Beach resident Trey Pendt, 29, said he was driving home from work Tuesday afternoon when he witnessed the officer talking with the woman.
While sitting at a red light, Pendt managed to snap a photograph of the interaction. He posted it to Facebook, where it received thousands of shares.
“I thought it was really cool,” Pendt said. “He walked up to her with the boots and she put them on. He helped her lace them up. He drove off, she walked off happy and that was it.”
Virginia Beach police officer Jimmy Cason said the department is proud of the officer.
“We’re very pleased with his actions in helping someone in need,” Cason said.
The officer said the homeless woman offered him her shoes after she received the boots, but he declined and instead suggested that she pay it forward and give them to someone else who needs them.