The kind-hearted cop who bought a pair of boots for a barefoot homeless man on a frigid night last November was promoted Tuesday to Detective.
Larry DePrimo, 26, who made headlines around the world last year for stopping to help a shoeless Jeffrey Hillman on a frigid in Times Square and bought him a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks, was promoted to detective in an afternoon ceremony at 1 Police Plaza.
“It’s a dream come true,” DePrimo said. “I look down and it’s still unreal to me.”
DePrimo, who hasn’t seen Hillman since his charitable incident, would still like to meet up with him.
“I’d shake his hand and ask him if he still wants to grab that coffee or some dinner,” DePrimo said.
DePrimo was transferred from patrol with the 6th Precinct to working in the Queens Warrant Squad where the nick name “Boots” still sticks.
“The name tag in my office says, ‘Larry Boots DePrimo, Queens Warrant Squad,” DePrimo said with a big smile.
Though he gained a lot of recognition for his good deed, his father, also Larry DePrimo, was quick to point out that the act of kindness wasn’t the only reason he was promoted.
“It’s important to remember Larry is not becoming detective today because he done something nice a year ago, his service record also speaks for itself too,” the senior DePrimo said.