A Policeman's Touching Act Would Have Gone Unnoticed If It Weren't For This Surprise Snap

The best way to protect a community is to be a part of it.

Law enforcement officials perform selfless acts every single day, and most of them aren't widely seen. Which makes the moments when these acts are recognized all the more worth celebrating.

Massachusetts state trooper Luke Bonin was driving on Davol Road in Fall River last week when he noticed Lynn Murphy, a homeless mother of four, holding a sign and asking for help.

Bonin returned to Murphy later. When she saw him exiting the police vehicle, Murphy assumed that the trooper was going to take her away. Instead, Bonin gave her a meal and did something else.

"I thought he was just going to hand me the meal but when he said, 'Come around the back, it's such a beautiful day, we'll have a picnic'... It touched my heart," Murphy told CBS Boston.

As Bonin and Murphy shared a meal and a conversation, Jake Morse passed by and witnessed the incredible deed by the trooper. He snapped a photo of the incident on his cellphone and posted it onto a Facebook group.

"He just stopped, could have given her a hard time, and didn't. And we need that," Morse told CBS Boston.

Eventually, the Massachusetts State Police found the photo and shared it on their Facebook page.

"The department is extremely proud of what [Bonin] did. He is humble, and did not want any publicity. We had to pull the story out of him," police spokesman David Procopio told The Herald News. "The story just speaks for itself... It really reveals his character."