In an ordinary act of extraordinary kindness between a New York City police officer and a freezing homeless man, Officer Carlos Ramos stopped and gave him a sweater off his back.
An ordinary moment, an extraordinary act of kindness.
A homeless man named Robert William was sitting on Friday morning on the sidewalk outside the Robert Moses Park dog run near East 42nd Street and the FDR Drive, according to the New York Post. Despite the cold weather, 28 F, he had removed his shirt in order to rip it and try to wrap his feet, which had gotten wet.
While he sat there, his torso covered in just an undershirt, a uniformed figure approached William. It was Carlos Ramos, 29, a transit bureau officer attached to the antiterrorism unit.
“I saw he had no coat,” the good samaritan told the New York Daily News. “It was a very cold day, because I was very cold even bundled up.”
So he told William,“‘I have a thick sweatshirt,” referring to the navy blue sweatshirt he was wearing under his coat and uniform. “Why don’t you take it?”
At first, William refused, but after more discussion, the homeless man – who told the Post his last job was at a meatpacking company in Denver and that he sometimes goes by the name Johnny Davis – accepted. “I felt good about having it,” he said.
Ramos, who turned 29 on Saturday, joined the NYPD in 2007. He is a married father of three who lives in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. He hasn’t seen the homeless man since.