Officer Helps Homeless Man Shave Over Street Puddle

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Officer Helps Homeless Man Shave Over Street Puddle


Detroit Police Department officer Jeremy Thomas is lauded for going “way above and beyond” to help Stanley Nelson, a 62-year-old homeless man, shave over a puddle, reports Char Adams of celebrity and human interest news website People. Thomas was walking near Comerica Park, where he spotted Nelson trying to rinse his razor “in a puddle while shaving,” reports Kimberly Craig of television station WXYZ. 

Thomas observed that the man “had shaving cream on his hands, his coat, his face,” and his eyes. Nelson told the officer he would leave the area. Thomas asked, “No, do you need some help?” Nelson turned around and thanked Thomas for lending a hand. Jill Metiva Schaper happened to walk by after leaving a Detroit Tiger game and took photos of the heartwarming encounter. She posted the images on Facebook, stating, “What a great Detroit cop!! This is right outside Comerica Park. The game was a rainout but this officer went way above and beyond to help this man shave!!!” 


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The photo was shared more than 100 times. Schafer tells television program Good Morning America that she snapped a photo of the two men because it was a “kind, unselfish thing for an officer to do,” as quoted by Nicole Pelletiere. However, Thomas was incognizant that someone was watching him help Nelson. He said he was a former firefighter volunteer, and he said that helping people has been something he likes to do. 


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According to the Detroit police officer, he saw a woman and her daughter give Nelson a razor, a shaving cream, and a bottle of water. Later on, a worker at the Comerica Park told Thomas that Nelson was attempting to use water from the puddle to shave. Thomas shares, “Just know that this could be you at any day. Nobody is better than the other person. They may be in a better position in life, but use that opportunity to take care of somebody else when you can.”

On the other hand, Nelson tells WXYZ that he’s grateful for the officer’s act of kindness. He adds, “I really appreciate that because, you know, I’m going through my thing and I feel bad about myself, you know, but I’m gonna be alright.”  



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