Idaho Officer Offers Food To Homeless Man

| by Emily Smith
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A Pocatello, Idaho, police officer was caught on camera doing a kind act for a homeless man recently.

Matthew Tsakrios, a local resident, saw the officer helping out a homeless man and decided to record the event, KPVI reports. In the video, the officer rolls up to the man, who’s attempting to sleep on the ground, and asks if he has frostbite.

Tsakrios told KPVI that he had noticed the man around 7 a.m. when it was only three degrees outside. Tsakrios then alerted the officer, who responded.

“I thought he could probably use something," Jordan Johnson, the officer, said. "I don’t know the last time he ate was or anything else. I grabbed whatever hot food they had there; they had the little things on the rollers, and a big thing of hot chocolate.”

Johnson added that he had no idea he was being recorded and that he performed the act of kindness simply because he felt it was right.

“He’s someone’s son, I don’t know, I didn’t ask him too much but he may be someone’s dad, husband, someone’s uncle, grandpa,” Johnson said. “I don’t know. It’s the right thing to do. He’s another person.”

Johnson noted that it’s important to remember that police officers are just people too, despite the uniform.

A similar scene was caught on camera in October when an Alabama officer offered food to a homeless man, WIAT reported at the time. The video then went viral.

Sources: KPVIWIAT / ​Photo Credit: KPVI