One New York City cop gave the sweater he was wearing to a homeless man who was dressed only in a thermal undershirt Friday when temperatures dropped to 23 degrees.
Officer Carlos Ramos, 29, was assigned to look for suspicious activity near the United Nations in midtown Manhattan when he spotted Robert William sitting on a sidewalk outside the Robert Moses Park dog run.
William was sitting barefoot because his shoes had gotten soaked, and had taken off his other shirt to try and wrap it around his freezing cold feet.
Warm heart: NYPD Transit Bureau officer Carlos Ramos stopped and gave Robert William a sweater off his back in the frigid New York morning on Friday.
Grateful: Robert Williams’ shoes were wet and he had only a thermal undershirt on
‘I saw he was in need and it was my job to help him,’ Ramos told the New York Daily News.
‘I saw he had no coat,’ he said. ‘It was a very cold day, because I was very cold even bundled up.’
He offered the thick, navy blue Champion sweatshirt he was wearing under his uniform and coat to William, who initially refused.
‘My concern was for him – his concern was for me staying warm,’ Ramos told the Daily News.
Ramos finally convinced William to take the sweatshirt.
‘He gave it to me. He said, “Don’t worry about it,”‘ William told the New York Post.
‘I felt good about having it.’
Makeshift: After Ramos left, William, wearing his new sweater, tore up his shirt to wear as socks.
The warmhearted officer told the Daily News that he regularly helps people out, especially when the weather is cold.
‘A nice cup of coffee, a tea, whatever seems appropriate,’ he said.
Ramos has been a NYPD officer since 2007. He works in anti-crime and counterterrorism for the Transit Bureau.
William told the New York Post that he doesn’t know how long he’s been homeless for, but that he used to live uptown at West 163rd and St Nicholas Ave before an argument with a roommate saw him turfed out onto the streets.