Hibbert Witnesses Local Officer’s Good Deed
A local officer’s good deed has gone viral, thanks in part to a post on social media from a Pacers star.
On Monday, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer pulled over to the side of the road to give a homeless man a pair of boots from his trunk. Unbeknownst to the officer, Pacers center Roy Hibbert was just a few cars behind him. Hibbert snapped a picture of the good deed and posted it to both Twitter and Instagram.
Hibbert wrote: “Just seen an Indy police officer pull over. Go into his trunk n give a homeless guy a pair of shiny boots. #COPS”
— Roy Hibbert (@Hoya2aPacer) September 8, 2014
Hibbert’s post has quickly gone viral. As of 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning (less than 24 hours after it was posted), Hibbert’s photo has over 3,200 retweets and 3,600 favorites on Twitter and over 9,600 likes on Instagram.
Buzzfeed spoke to Hibbert about the moment. The site reported that the homeless man “shook his head in disbelief,” while Hibbert told Buzzfeed that the officer “just walked back into his car and drove away.”
Good Morning America reported on the story in a “GMA Social Square” segment on Tuesday morning.
Stories on the officer’s good deed have also been shared on multiple local news outlets. RTV6 reportedly located the homeless man, identified as Frank.
Efforts are ongoing to identify the officer. The IMPD responded to Hibbert on Twitter:
— IMPD (@IMPD_News) September 9, 2014
And this, from Buzzfeed: “The Pacers have also reached out to the police department to try to identify the officer; Hibbert said he’d like to give him a few tickets to show his appreciation.”