A Massachusetts State Police Trooper received appreciation and commendation from the force for an act of kindness displayed when he thought no one was watching.
After leaving court, Trooper Luke Bonin was driving by when he came across Lynn Murphy panhandling on Davol Street in Fall River. He drove to her, pulled over, and exited his car. Murphy, who is a mother of four, was scared that the policeman would cite her for panhandling. She was going to tell him that she was leaving when he took out two meals and asked her to take one, as reported by CBS News.
“I thought he was just going to hand me the meal but when he said, ‘Come around the back, it’s such a beautiful day, we’ll have a picnic,’ I thought that was, it touched my heart,” Murphy said.
The incident was witnessed by Jake Morse, who captured the act of generosity on his mobile phone and shared it on the Fall River Facebook group. “And they say chivalry is dead. Much respect,” Morse captioned the picture.
“That was good to see,” Morse said about Bonin’s kind gesture.
Washington Times reports that the picture has been shared on social media by tens of thousands of people.
Massachusetts State Police commended Bonin, writing on its Facebook post, “We know you didn’t want to be noticed, but you were, and the job is proud of you,” Massachusetts State Police wrote in a Facebook post. “We commend you for your selfless act, and for “doing the right thing” for someone less fortunate than most people.”
“He didn’t know me from Adam,” Murphy said. “I’m a homeless panhandler. And he took the time out of his day, went and bought us lunch, and had it with me.”