The New York City police officer and Holbrook resident captured by an Arizona tourist committing a random act of kindness was honored recently by the Suffolk County Legislature at the Salvation Army's annual gala in Manhattan.
Officer , was handed a proclamation from Salvation Army Board Member William Lindsay III on behalf of Suffolk's Presiding Officer William J. Lindsay.
DePrimo achieved national recognition after a photo of him helping a homeless man put on socks and boots that DePrimo had purchased at a nearby store went viral on Facebook. A law enforcement officer from Arizona snapped the photo on that frigid night in November.
“Honoring Officer DePrimo at this event was meaningful and appropriate because he carries out the Salvation Army’s mission of supporting homeless and needy families during the holidays and throughout the year,” said Presiding Officer Lindsay in a statement he entitled 'A Definition of Patriotism.' “Officer DePrimo is kind, generous and extremely professional. He embodies the true definition of a humanitarian, and he went above and beyond the call of duty. Officer DePrimo’s actions help us to portray our country as a civilized society in a very troubled world, and he has made the Holbrook community and the United States very proud.”