- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Massachusetts State Trooper wasn’t looking for notoriety when he surprised a curbside panhandler with a random act of kindness, but he got it anyway.

Trooper Luke Bonin saw Lynn Murphy on the side of the road in Fall River last week after a court appearance. Instead of issuing the homeless mother of four a citation or telling her to leave the area, he bought lunch for two and asked if she wanted to have a picnic.

“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,” Ms. Murphy told a local CBS News affiliate Tuesday.

Jake Morse witnessed the act of charity and took a picture with his cellphone. He then posted it to a Fall River Facebook group with the caption, “And they say chivalry is dead. Much respect.”

“That was good to see,” Mr. Morse told the station.

Trooper Bonin declined to be interviewed for the story, although that didn’t stop tens of thousands of people from sharing it via the Massachusetts State Police Facebook page.

“Love hearing this!” Luann Van Gundy commented on the Facebook page Wednesday. “Always so much bad that the media puts out there, but today God shows us there is good in this world.”

“In these times it seems we only hear about the bad things. I love reading about the good things people do for each other. Thank you Trooper Bonin for your kindness,” added Dawn Poirier-donnelly.


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