A video showing two NYPD officers performing a small act of charity has gone viral.
Christina Vieux, 28, of Rosedale, Queens, said she had spent more than an hour digging her Honda Civic out Tuesday after the storm, when she spotted police from the 105th Precinct drive by.
Vieux “jokingly” yelled out to them, asking if they would give her a hand, she said. To her surprise, the two officers stopped across from her car parked on 233rd Street and asked if she had any shovels.
“I was shocked, to be honest. I had never met police who did this,” Vieux said.
She found two shovels for the officers, and they spent about 10 minutes helping Vieux and her mother, Mirlene, clear the snow before driving off.
The NYPD did not immediately return a request for comment.
Vieux recorded the good deed on Facebook Live. It’s since been viewed 420,000 times and has been shared nearly 6,000 times.
“There are some real human (beings) under these uniforms too. That’s why we always have to keep them in our prayers,” one Facebook user wrote on the post.
“Community policing. Kindness. Parents raised them right,” another user wrote.
Vieux said the experience changed the way she felt about community policing and she shared the video because she thought others “needed to see” it.
“I thought it was great, especially being African-American,” she said. “You hear so much negativity about police, I wanted to show that not all cops are bad. Some of them genuinely do care.”