Thursday, June 2, 2016

Long arm of the law has hand of compassion

Massachusetts State Police trooper Luke Bonin had just left court when he drove by a homeless mother of four, Lynn Murphy. She was panhandling on Davol Street in Fall River, MA. Bonin drove past her, but didn't forget her. Minutes later he drove back and stopped. She was sure she was in trouble and offered to leave, but he presented two meals he'd just purchased and invited her to take one. "I thought he was just going to give me the meal," Murphy said, "but when he said, 'Come around the back. It's such a beautiful day. We'll have a picnic,' it touched my heart."

Unknown to the picnickers, Jake Morse drove by and snapped this photo. He uploaded it to Facebook where it received more than 70,000 likes. Murphy said, "(Bonin) didn't know me from Adam. I'm a homeless panhandler and he took the time out of his day and bought us lunch, and had it with me." She said the encounter made her feel significant. Massachusetts State Police commended Bonin "for your selfless act, and for doing the right thing."

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