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Cop Praised After His Act Of Kindness For A Hungry Homeless Man Goes Viral

Jonathan Allen

In a world filled with so much hate speech and racism, it's always nice to know there are still good people out there. Detective Overton, a cop in Utah, is one of those people.


Detective Overton is being praised for his compassion after he was pictured buying a hot dog for a homeless man.

According to Jonathan Allen, who posted the image on Facebook, the man had been going through garbage cans, looking for food before the Salt Lake City officer spotted him. He asked the homeless man to come in with him and bought him some food at a branch of Utah hot dog chain, J Dawgs.


Allen praised the cop in his post, saying:

“Thanks for extending this friendly act of kindness to less fortunate citizens of Salt Lake City. It was humbling. We need more compassionate people in law enforcement like yourself."


In response, the Salt Lake City Police Department thanked Detective Overman for his generosity.

They said:

“We are proud of our officers and the compassionate service they offer our community everyday."

And citizens seemed equally impressed.




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Detective Overman has restored many people's faith in humanity. A good deed goes a long way, and we can all help make the world a better place just by doing one good deed.

A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.