— -- An on-duty officer who was photographed giving a homeless woman a new pair of shoes wants to remain anonymous for his good deed.
"I feel as though I didn't do anything different from any officers I work with, or any other officers in the nation," the master police officer of the Virginia Beach Police Department told ABC News today.
The officer said he always carries two pairs of boots with him in case he comes across a person in need. Then, on March 29, he saw a woman in her 50's begging on the side of the road.
"It looked like she was having a pretty hard time getting around, so I decided to stop and talk to her for a moment," he said. "She was very thankful and I was more than happy to help her out. She got a little teary-eyed over it. I gave her a big old hug and said 'God Bless.'"
Virginia Beach resident Trey Pendt, 29, told ABC News that he was driving home from work Tuesday afternoon when he witnessed the officer interacting with the woman.
While sitting at a red light, Pendt snapped a photograph of the exchange and posted it on his Facebook page where it received over 2,600 shares.
"I thought it was really cool," Pendt said. "He walked up to her with the boots and she put them on. He helped her lace them up. He drove off, she walked off happy and that was it."
Virginia Beach police officer Jimmy Cason said the department is proud of the officer.
"We’re very pleased with his actions in helping someone in need," Cason said.
The officer said the homeless woman had offered him her shoes upon receiving the boots, but he declined, suggesting she pays it forward and gives them to someone who needs them.