Police officers are supposed to serve and protect, and Delaware River Port Authority Police Officer Kenya Joyner showed the world what it means to serve without even realizing it.
As Kayla Christine Palmer walked home last Saturday, she witnessed an exchange between Officer Joyner and a homeless man. He had given the man a new pair of shoes.
Joyner had seen the shoeless homeless man on the bench and recognized him from an earlier incident in which a bus driver had kicked him off of the bus. Instead of making him move, he asked about his shoes.
"I asked him, I said, 'Where are your shoes?' So he hesitated and it appeared that he became embarrassed, and in a very low mumble he stated he doesn't have any," Joyner told 6 ABC.
Without a second thought, Joyner ventured to the Payless shoe store across the street and bought him a pair of size-12 boots.
Just as he was walking away, Palmer whipped out her phone to video and approached the officer.
"That's nice of you, I want to shake your hand," she told him. He doesn't know what she's talking about until she says, "You bought that man some shoes! Good job."
Joyner responded with an "oh" and embarrassed smirk, proving being kind is not out of the ordinary for him.
"You're going to go viral!" Palmer says.
And he did.
Since posting the video to Facebook on November 7, it's racked up more than 58,000 shares.
Unsurprisingly, this isn't the first good deed Officer Joyner — who has been on the force for eight years — has been recognized for. He's known for his kind actions and in 2013, he received recognition for assisting a passenger who complained of chest pains.
Now he has another tale of great policing to add to his résumé.